Top cleric in appeal to ‘missing’ bishop
Published 12/08/2011 | 00:18
A senior Irish cleric has called on Bishop John Magee to return to Cloyne to answer his parishioners' questions.
Bishop Christopher Jones, a member of the Bishops' Liaison Committee for Child Protection, said he had no idea where the controversial retired Bishop of Cloyne was.
But he said that as “pastor to his flock”, Bishop Magee, who is originally from Newry, should return to answer questions that were raised in the damning Cloyne Report.
Bishop Magee has not been seen since the report on his handling of child sex abuse allegations was published last month.
It is believed he left his home in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, and travelled to the US.
The report revealed a widespread cover-up of abuse within the Cloyne diocese, with the bishop taking little interest in child-abuse allegations.
Only six of 15 cases of alleged child abuse were reported to gardai between 1996 and 2005.