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ACP criticised for describing abuse as ‘mistake’

13 March 2014 | by Sarah Mac Donald in Dublin | Comments: 0

The Archbishop of Dublin has criticised the Association of Catholic Priests’ (ACP) use of the word “mistake” to describe incidents of child sexual abuse by priests, writes Sarah Mac Donald.Speaking to The Tablet, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said it was “a very insensitive term”.Survivors of clerical abuse have also expressed anger at the comment made by Fr Tony Flannery, a founding member of the ACP. The row concerns a report on the ACP website, which has since been removed, about a meeting between Fr Flannery, another ACP member, Fr Sean McDonagh, and representatives of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI).Fr Flannery related that the two priests had questioned the justice of excluding many older p ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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