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Bishop expresses sorrow as priest is jailed for abuse

Fr Francis McDermott, a retired priest from the Diocese of Northampton, who was found guilty of abusing six children during the 1970s in London, High Wycombe and Norwich has today (March 14) been jailed for nine years and 11 months.


Rt Rev Alan Hopes, Bishop of East Anglia, said:  “I want to express my horror and deep sorrow for the hurt and damage that has been caused to the victim-survivors of this terrible abuse.

“These men and women have shown such great courage in coming forward at this time after carrying the burden of this hurt and damage for so many years. I hope and pray that today will bring some closure and much healing to their lives. 

“Any kind of abuse is not tolerated in the Church. Our robust present day procedures ensure that we are continuing to build a safe environment for all.”

Bishop Alan has offered to meet and listen to the victims of this case and anyone else who wants to talk to him about abuse in the church.

In the event of any concerns arising from this case, or over safeguarding issues, please contact the East Anglia Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator, Mick Thurley on 020 8505 4199 or 07429 215344.


Bishop Alan talks to Radio Norfolk about abuse revelations in the Catholic church Start listening at 2.10hrs

 

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