Sunday, January 24, 2010

Statement by Bishop Philip Boyce

Statement by Bishop Philip Boyce in relation to comments on RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland

Bishop Philip Boyce, Bishop of Raphoe, issued the following statement in relation to comments broadcast today on RTE Radio 1’s Morning Ireland:

In an interview this morning on RTE Radio 1’s Morning Ireland, presenter Cathal Mac Coille interviewed Mr Sean O’Conaill of Voice of the Faithful Ireland.

Specifically when discussing “a widespread culture of covering abuse”, Mr O’Conaill said: “We have particular concerns about some dioceses still, particularly the Diocese of Raphoe…….”.

The proposition that such concerns exist about the Diocese of Raphoe is unfounded.

I am making this statement to assure the people of the diocese, particularly those who have suffered abuse, that we operate accountable and robust procedures to safeguard children in the Diocese of Raphoe.

The diocese works constantly in partnership with the Health Service Executive, An Garda Síochána and the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland to safeguard children.

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