Bishops refused to give abuse case details

Catholic bishops have refused to give the state details of specific cases of alleged clerical abuse that were requested as part of a major child protection audit.

3rd January, 2009

Catholic bishops have refused to give the state details of specific cases of alleged clerical abuse that were requested as part of a major child protection audit. The bishops’ refusal, which was based on legal advice, has resulted in a key section of the first-ever audit into the Church’s handling of abuse claims being dropped. The Health Service Executive (HSE) audit was presented to Barry Andrews, the Minister for Children, last month and will be...

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