Clerics in row over BBC Nolan show child abuse claim

The Belfast Telegraph

March 23, 2018

By Rebecca Black

An outspoken Free Presbyterian minister has refuted an accusation by a Catholic priest that he attempted to “sectarianise” the issue of child sex abuse.

Fr Patrick McCafferty, parish priest of Corpus Christi in west Belfast, criticised Rev David McIlveen after he told BBC NI’s Nolan Live TV show that “false religion will always breed immorality”.

But last night Rev McIlveen told the Belfast Telegraph that he had in no way implied that child abuse only happened within the Catholic Church.

“This is a Biblical position that false religion will breed immorality – that probably is something he might well be taking exception to,” he said.

“I didn’t say that the Roman Catholic church bred immorality.

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