Another priest in the diocese of Cloyne has been defrocked by the Vatican because of child sex abuse allegations.
Two women complained to the diocese in 2009 that the priest had abused them when they were minors and he was placed on administrative leave.
Gardaí investigated the complaints but the DPP chose not to prosecute.
A subsequent canonical hearing by the Church was undertaken and the priest was found guilty. According to Bishop of Cloyne William Crean, the priest “has received a penalty of lifelong prohibition from ministry” and has been told by Rome he is “to lead a life of penance and prayer”.
Bishop Crean said: “If appealed to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, the priest will continue to remain out of ministry. The persons who made the complaints have been contacted by the Diocese to inform them of this.
“I apologise to all who have suffered abuse of any kind at the hands of clergy. I want to assure the people of Cloyne that the most comprehensive child protection measures are in place in the diocese.”
Another Cloyne priest, Fr Dan Duane, was found guilty and removed from the priesthood by a canonical tribunal in 2013.
However, he appealed Rome’s decision before his appeal was rejected by the CDF last year.
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