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PRESS RELEASE

ONE IN FOUR WELCOMES BISHOP MAGEE’S DECISION TO STEP ASIDE

One in Four today welcomes the decision of the Bishop of Cloyne to step aside. Executive Director Maeve Lewis said “I commend Bishop Magee’s decision to accept responsibility for the mishandling of allegations of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Cloyne. I believe this represents a major shift in the attitude of the Catholic bishops to child protection within the Church. Allied with the new Child Protection Guidelines issued by the National Board for Safeguarding Children, the bishops are sending a clear message that the safety of children is now a priority”.

Bishop Magee’s actions may also bring some comfort to those whose lives have been devastated by sexual abuse. It is a clear recognition of the gravity of the hurt they have endured.

Saturday March 7th, 2009

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