Monday, November 30, 2009

Dublin Report - Diocesan Responses - Ossory

Statement of Bishop Séamus Freeman, SAC., Bishop of Ossory, in response to the publication of the Report of the Commission of Investigation into the sexual abuse of children by priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

I take the opportunity to welcome the publication of the Report of the Commission of Investigation into the sexual abuse of children by priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin, published yesterday.

This Report will help all of us to face up to our responsibilities in being transparent in all dealings with reports and complaints of child abuse.

I personally want to apologise to all who have suffered in any way from the effects of this tragic abuse of trust and subsequent cover-up.

I also want to assure the people of the Diocese of Ossory that our Diocesan Safeguarding Children Policy is fully compliant with the current Statutory and Church Guidelines and we welcome the on-going monitoring of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.

It is with great shame and deep shock that I have come to know the extent of this tragic abuse, and I pledge every effort possible and necessary to avoid any such tragedy in the future.

+ Séamus Freeman, SAC

Bishop of Ossory
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