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Bishop: I put kids at risk

A Catholic Bishop last night confessed to Sunday Life that he put kids at risk by failing to inform police about a paedophile priest.

Bishop of Clogher Joseph Duffy is now facing calls to quit immediately over his handling of the Fr John McCabe child sex abuse scandal.

This scandal is the latest to hit the Catholic Church and comes as the Pope yesterday apologised to all victims of clerical abuse in Ireland.

Bishop Duffy was told in 1989 that filthy Father McCabe — then a teacher and priest at St Michael's College, Enniskillen — had abused a young boy in his care.

But Bishop Duffy did not report the matter to either the police or social services.

In 1995 – SIX years later – McCabe, who by then had quit the priesthood, was jailed for 20 months for 13 indecent assaults between 1979 and 1985.

But before he went to prison the pervert was able to use a reference from St Michael's to get a new job teaching children at Hazelwood College in north Belfast.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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