|Personal Statement of Bishop Séamus Hegarty Following Publication of Safeguarding Reviews in Diocese of Der
By Séamus Hegarty
Irish Catholic Bishops Conference
November 30, 2011
About this time last year, as Bishop of Derry, I asked the National Board for Safeguarding Children to include the Diocese of Derry in the first group of dioceses being reviewed. I am grateful that they agreed.
The Derry Report indicates that the police and Social Services have full confidence in the current management of allegations in the Diocese of Derry. However, both the Derry and the Raphoe Reports indicate deficits in the management of allegations historically, including during my time as bishop. These deficits cannot be undone and, at the personal level, I am sorry that this is the case.
I was a diocesan bishop for thirty years, first in Raphoe and later in Derry. I now look back and know that my practice in the past was sometimes poor and I am deeply sorry that anyone was hurt through my management of allegations historically. I know that I made big efforts to improve as time went on and this is reflected in the Derry Report.
Today I think of the men and women whom I met, over my years as diocesan bishop, who were abused as children by priests. I think of their courage and their pain and pray that healing may be theirs. It is for their sake, as well as for the good of children throughout the Church, that we must ensure that the past is never repeated.
Retired Bishop of Derry
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Issued on behalf of Bishop Hegarty by: Fr. Michael Canny, Diocesan Media Liaison Spokesperson, Diocese of Derry (Tel. 00 44 (0) 7801 953720 )
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