27 March 2010 – Statement from Cardinal Brady Concerning a Priest of the Diocese 27 March 2010
CONCERNING A PRIEST OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF ARMAGH
27 MARCH 2010
After celebrating Vigil Mass in a parish in the Archdiocese of Armagh, Cardinal Seán Brady spoke to the congregation about a decision he has made concerning their Parish Priest.
Cardinal Brady said “The policy of the Archdiocese of Armagh is that in all matters relating to child safeguarding, the safety and welfare of the child must be our paramount concern.”
Cardinal Brady said that in the light of information relating to child safeguarding issues, he has asked the priest concerned to take a period of leave from his ministry which he has agreed to do. “This is to allow the civil authorities, who have been informed, to investigate this matter” he said.
Cardinal Brady emphasised that the priest “continues to enjoy the right to the presumption of innocence whilst these matters are being investigated.”
Cardinal Brady concluded “May I take this opportunity again to invite any person who may have been abused by a priest or religious to come forward to the diocese and/or to make contact with the civil authorities.”