|Cloyne 'Was Only Diocese Not to Follow Procedures'
December 24, 2008
A state investigation has reportedly found that the Diocese of Cloyne was the only diocese in Ireland that failed to adequately adhere to child protection procedures.
The Bishop of Cloyne, Dr John Magee, is coming under increasing pressure to resign after a church report found that he failed to properly handle allegations of clerical child sex abuse.
The report from the Church's National Board for Protecting Children found that the Diocese of Cloyne was inadequate and in some respects dangerous in protecting children from sexual abuse.
Yesterday, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said he was extremely concerned that there may be wide diversity in how sections of the church are interpreting and applying national child protection procedures.
Reports this morning, however, says a HSE audit has found that all Catholic Church dioceses with the exception of Cloyne adhered adequately to child protection procedures.
The report, which is expected to be published next month, says Cloyne was the only diocese "to raise a red flag".
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