UN NUOVO MACIGNO CONTRO LA CHIESTA CATTOLICA IN IRLANDA DEL NORD

Nuovo scandalo sugli abusi sessuali nella chiesa coinvolge un vescovo di Derry

Seamus Hegarty, vescovo di Derry, è stato rivelato aver avuto parte in un accordo segreto in connessione ad abusi perpetrati da un sacerdote contro una bambina di soli 8 anni.
La notizia è stata rivelata dal Belfast Telegraph.
Il vescovo Hegarty, che questa settimana ha chiesto scusa per il coivolgimento della Chiesa cattolica in abusi sessuali su minori, è menzionato come uno dei 3 convenuti nella causa civile legale del 2000 che si concluse senza alcuna ammissione di responsabilità della Chiesa, ma con un  risarcimento danni di 12.000 sterline oltre ad una lettera autografa di scuse del sacerdote.
L’accordo segreto che prevedeva il giuramento di silenzio della vittima venne sancito da un documento firmato dagli avvocati a nome dell’attuale vescovo Seamus Hegarty, il suo predecessore Edward Daly ed il prete pedofilo.
All’epoca in cui la famiglia della vittima decise di rivolgersi alla casa del vescovo in merito a quanto era emerso dalla propria figlia,  Edward Daly era ammalato e a fare le sue veci fu il vescovo Francis Lagan.
A rivelare i dettagli delle violenze subite, è stata la vittima stessa in occasione della festa di compleanno dei suoi 18 anni.
La bambina subì abusi per 10 anni, tra il 1979 e il 1989 e il tutto ebbe inizio quando un sacerdote della diocesi di Derry venne invitato dalla famiglia presso la propria casa.
I genitori rimasero da subito impressionati dalle attenzioni riversate dal prete nei confronti della figlia di 8 anni.
Gli abusi inizialmente erano fatti di baci e abbracci fino ad arrivare poi a veri atti di violenza sessuale. La ragazza ricorda come il sacerdote cercasse di inculcarle nella mente che Dio l’avrebbe ‘punita’ se mai avesse parlato.
Il Belfast Telegraph ha affermato di essere a conoscenza del nome del sacerdote pedofilo, ma ha deciso di tenerlo celato nell’immediato.
Il quotidiano ha contattato la Diocesi di Derry in connessione alle nuove rivelazioni, ma gli è stato risposto che nessuno commento verrà rilasciato in tempi brevi e che ad occuparsi del caso sarà Safeguarding Office gestito da professionisti nella tutela e protezione dei minori.

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Ulster bishop Hegarty’s ‘secret deal’ on sex abuse case (Belfast Telegraph)
The Catholic Church in Northern Ireland has been dealt another hammer blow after it emerged that the Bishop of Derry, Dr Seamus Hegarty, was party to a secret compensation deal between a priest and a girl he allegedly sexually abused when she was just eight years old.
Dr Hegarty — who this week apologised on behalf of the Church to the victims of sexual abuse — was named as one of three defendants in the civil legal action, according to court documents seen by this newspaper.
The action was settled in 2000 without admission of liability by the Church, but with a payment of £12,000 to the alleged victim and a handwritten letter of apology from the priest.
It’s the latest in a series of crises to rock the Catholic hierarchy, following on from the weekend revelation that Cardinal Sean Brady, the Primate of all-Ireland, had attended meetings where children signed vows of silence over complaints against paedophile priest Brendan Smyth.
Cardinal Brady yesterday publicly apologised for his role in the affair.
But even as he was addressing a congregation in Armagh Cathedral, another senior Catholic cleric was provoking outrage by telling BBC Radio Ulster’s Stephen Nolan that he would not go to the police if any paedophile priest confessed in him.
And now comes the emergence of the ‘secret deal’ to buy the silence of another alleged victim of a priest.
The settlement document — which was signed by lawyers on behalf of Dr Hegarty, his predecessor Bishop Edward Daly and the alleged abuser — also contained a confidentiality clause prohibiting the parties from discussing the case.
Dr Daly was ill at the time the girl’s family approached the bishop’s house about the allegations so they met instead with Bishop Francis Lagan who was standing in for him.
The girl’s ordeal began in 1979 and lasted until 1989, when she revealed details of the abuse during her 18th birthday party at her family’s home in Londonderry.
The priest, who was based in the Derry Diocese, was unwittingly invited into the home by her parents.
They were impressed by the interest he showed in their eight-year-old daughter.
The alleged abuse began with the priest hugging and kissing her, before proceeding to subject her to vile sex acts. The girl claims the priest said God would “punish” her if she spoke out about her ordeal.
It is understood the abuser was initially moved away from the area and the victim’s family were told he was in a priest’s house in the Republic. But they were prompted to take action when her father discovered he was back in Northern Ireland and even serving in a nearby parish.
It is not known if the Church contacted the police about the abuse claims.
The Belfast Telegraph knows the identity of the priest, but has decided not to name him at this stage.
When we contacted the Derry Diocese for comment on the allegations yesterday, its media liaison officer Fr Michael Canny said no response would be forthcoming as “there is not enough time to trawl through records”.
But Fr Edward McGee, media liaison officer of the Down and Connor Diocese, said: “Since the implementation of the Framework for the Church’s Response to Child Abuse in 1996, and more recently in our present Safeguarding Children — Standards and Guidance for the Catholic Church in Ireland (2009), it is policy that any concerns of a safeguarding nature are passed on to the relevant statutory authorities and confidentiality cannot be assured either for the perpetrators of child abuse or the survivors.
“This process is managed by the Safeguarding Office, which is run by professionals in the field of child protection and safeguarding and who regularly liaise with the inter-agency forum to ensure the care and protection of our young people.”
This week Bishop Hegarty apologised to victims of sex abuse at two children’s homes in Derry and Belfast.

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