‘BISHOP NEVER SAID SORRY TO ME FOR ABUSE AT THE HANDS OF HIS PRIEST UNCLE’

first_imgMichael Connolly – never got an apologyA DONEGAL man who was the victim of abuse by a priest has spoken about how his abuser’s uncle – a Catholic bishop – has still not said ‘sorry’ for the crimes committed against him.Michael Connolly was sexually assaulted in the Diocese of Clogher, part of which covers Donegal.The attacks at the hands of Father Peter Duffy took place in Donagh, Co Fermanagh between 1969 and 1974. His abuse case was not covered in the recent Clogher report on clerical sexual abuse as it fell outside the dates being investigated by the Church’s Safeguarding Board.Now Mr Connolly has told how he met Bishop Duffy, now retired, in 2009 about the abuse at the hands of his uncle.“He listened intently as I give him the graphic details of his uncle’s behaviour,” Michael told Donegal Daily.“He was sympathetic but did not take any steps to establish if there were any other victims in the Donagh or Newtownbutler area that may need help and support. “Neither Bishop Duffy nor any other member of the church has contacted me since to express any concern for me or my family which I find disappointing and uncompassionate. Two other victims have since come forward.“There are very many aspects of the Clogher report which are very positive with regards to child protection but the report is an internal report, bankrolled by the church.“The report does not mention any names of priests nor does it give any indication as to what parishes abuse took place. What is particularly hurtful is that the voices of those who have been abused are not taken into account while compiling this report.“This document exacerbates the agony for victims in their quest to establish the truth. The truth can only be established by a proper state inquiry, carried out under legislation so that those who have been involved in abuse and also those responsible for standing in the way of justice; putting children in danger, can be brought to book for their behaviour.”Michael in association with Amnesty International, is holding a meeting in the Europa hotel Belfast on 29th of May, to launch the campaign for a Northern clerical abuse inquiry. He added: “We would very much appreciate everyone who has been affected by clerical abuse, in Northern Ireland to come along and givers your support. Professionals will be available at the meeting to give guidance and advice.”People can register their interest by signing into www.clericalabuseni.com.The Clogher report found that retired bishop Duffy consistently missed opportunities to prevent clergy from sexually abusing children.The National Board for Safeguarding Children said that in one particular case in Clogher, there was an unacceptable delay in taking action against a priest and removing him from all ministry following receipt of a credible allegation. Another priest suspected of multiple abuse was transferred to another parish and eventually was sent overseas for therapeutic help.He was later extradited to the Republic from the United States but died before he could be brought before the courts.Many of the cases mirrored similar abuse cases in the Raphoe and Derry dioceses.‘BISHOP NEVER SAID SORRY TO ME FOR ABUSE AT THE HANDS OF HIS PRIEST UNCLE’ was last modified: May 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:’BISHOP NEVER SAID SORRY TO ME ABUSE AT THE HANDS OF HIS PRIEST UNCLE”BISHOP NEVER SAID SORRY TO ME FOR ABUSE AT THE HANDS OF HIS PRIEST UNCLE’last_img read more

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LIFESTYLE: COSY UP TO A PARKA THIS WINTER

first_imgCOSY UP TO A PARKA THIS WINTERCelebrities love their Parka and this iconic coat is back for another Autumn/Winter Season available in the traditional khaki as well as navy, black and printed designs.Expect a lot of over-sized faux-fur trimmed hoods to help keep you warm and stylish on that romantic winter walk. Here is a selection of Parkas in the stores and available online at the moment:Awear Khaki Hood PU Sleeve Parka€80.00***********************************DunnesParka With Faux-fur Lining€50.00*********************************** New LookKhaki Fur Hood Parka€59.99*********************************** New LookKhaki Faux Fur Trim Hooded Parka€64,99***********************************AsosGilet Parka€117.12***********************************River IslandNAVY 3 IN 1 FAUX FUR PARKA JACKET€135***********************************WarehouseFAUX FUR HOODED BUTTON PARKA€110.00********************************OasisDip Hem Parka Jacket Longer LengthPrice: €85.00LIFESTYLE: COSY UP TO A PARKA THIS WINTER was last modified: August 21st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AsosDonegal Daily FashionLIFESTYLE: COSY UP TO A PARKA THIS WINTERRiver Islandlast_img read more

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