14 August 2010 – Statement from Bishop Clifford Concerning a Priest in the Diocese
The priest has agreed to voluntarily step down to allow the investigation into this matter to be conducted efficiently.
The allegation has been reported to the civil authorities, and the Diocese and the priest will fully cooperate with any investigation. Whilst this process is ongoing the priest is entitled to the benefit of a presumption of innocence.
We encourage any person who has concerns about any safeguarding matters in the Church context to report this to the civil authorities or through the Diocesan Designated Officers whose contact details can be obtained from the Diocesan website or through the Diocesan offices.
The policy of the Archdiocese of Armagh is that in all matters relating to safeguarding, the safety and welfare of the child must be our paramount concern. We will continue to provide support to the victims of abuse.
We would ask you to remember all those involved in your prayers.”