LA PSNI APRE UN’INCHIESTA SUI CASI DI PEDOFILIA NELLA CHIESA

Istituito un team di investigatori specializzati a condurre un’indagine sui casi di abuso contro i minori, nel corso degli anni passati

I recenti scandali e ‘mea culpa’ pronunciati da preti nordirladesi hanno convinto il Police Service of Northern Ireland ad aprire un’inchiesta sui casi di pedofilia in ambito clericali avvenuti nel corso degli anni passati. E’ stato rivelato la già avvenuta istituzione di una squadra di investigatori specializzati.
Un alto funzionario ha dichiarato che avrebbe giocato la sua parte per assicurare i responsabili alla giustizia, ma ha sottolineato la necessità di una risposta più ampia non solo dal servizio di polizia, ma anche dai settori sanità ed educazione.
Will Kerr, Assistant Chief Constable della PSNI, ha esternato anche la necessità di una condivisione di informazione nell’ambito di tutta l’isola.
L’esecutivo dell’Irlanda del Nord sta ora valutando se istituire un’inchiesta pubblica analoga a quella che ha portato alla luce una litania di crimini nella Repubblica d’Irlanda.

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PSNI want NI abuse inquiry (U TV)

Police have called for a state inquiry into historical clerical child abuse in Northern Ireland and revealed a specialist detective team has been set up to investigate past crimes.
A senior officer said it would play its part to bring to justice those responsible but stressed there is a need for a wider response among statutory agencies to address the allegations.
“A cross departmental response on this issue is absolutely necessary,” said Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr.
“There are statutory responsibilities for agencies other than the police service – health and education sectors – and there are also island-wide implications in relation to the sharing of information.”
Mr Kerr was briefing members of the NI Policing Board, about the response to the abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church across Ireland.
The officer said a recent upsurge in historic complaints against clerics had prompted the PSNI to set up a specialised investigation team.
The Northern Ireland Executive is considering whether to establish a public inquiry similar to those that have unearthed a litany of crimes in the Republic of Ireland.
Stormont sources have indicated that ministers are likely to back calls for a state probe in Northern Ireland.
‘Heinous’
The development comes as the Bishop of Derry publicly apologised to victims of sexual abuse in the region.
During mass at St Eugene’s Cathedral, Dr Hegarty made an unequivocal apology to all victims, describing the abuse by clerics as “heinous”.
Bishop Hegarty said the “hidden and vile crimes” are a “source of great shame”.
On the role of Bishops, he said Catholics would be “rightly horrified” by their failure to respond appropriately.
The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin also admitted that the church’s response to paedophilia had been “hopelessly inadequate”.
He made the comments to a packed Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin on Thursday.
The senior clergyman told Mass-goers he had rejected calls from some people to force victims of paedophile priests into a fast-track healing process.
“There is no short-cut in addressing the past,” Archbishop Martin said.

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