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One in Four hopes that Bishop Willie Walsh will clarify questions in relation to Brother Cornelius Desmond

One in Four, the national charity which supports women and men who have experienced sexual violence, today expressed its hope that the Bishop of Killaloe, Bishop Willie Walsh, will be in a position to deal with questions arising from his handling of the case of Brother Cornelius Desmond who pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual abuse on December 5 last at Waterford Circuit Court.

“It appears from media reports that there are questions that have arisen about how this case was handled by the Diocese of Killaloe. We believe that it would be helpful if those questions could be addressed in a clear and appropriate fashion by Bishop Willie Walsh”, said Colm O’Gorman, Director of One in Four.

“Our experience of Bishop Walsh is that he has shown tremendous courage in how he has approached these issues in the past. In 2002 he became the first Bishop to publicly acknowledge that Bishops had placed the protection of the institution of the church ahead of the protection of children. In any case of which we have knowledge involving a priest from the Diocese of Killaloe, Bishop Walsh has behaved with considerable compassion and honesty. We hold him in high esteem and hope that he will be in a position to fully address any questions which arise from this case,” added O’Gorman.

“That cases of clerical sexual abuse were badly handled in the past is beyond question. What matters now, in our opinion, is how we acknowledge such failings and learn from them to better protect all of our children in the future.”


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