Abuse allegations have been received against three deceased priests in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin since the Health Service Executive conducted an audit of its records last year.
A further abuse allegation which was made to the dioscese in the last year was proved false after it was reported to civil authorities.
This information was made public last weekend in a message from Diocesan Administrator Brendan Byrne, which was publicised in the Newbridge Parish Newsletter.
Monsignor Byrne’s message was made in order to explain to parishoners in the diocese, in the wake of the Cloyne report, how it stands in regard to the safeguarding of children.
He maintained that Kildare and Leighlin has cooperated fully with the HSE and the gardai, with regards to reporting abuse allegations.
The HSE conducted an audit of the Kildare and Leighlin diocesan records in 2010. According to that audit, two diocese priests are ‘out of ministry’ and allegations had been received against five deceased diocese priests.
“Like all dioceses, we will also be audited in due course by the ‘National Board’ [the Church-run Natinal Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church]. Again we will cooperate fully,” said Monsignor Byrne’s message.
According to the diocese, there is at least one designated person in each of its 56 parishes responsible for child safety. All of its priests have completed the same training course, and all staff and priests are Garda vetted.
Monsignor Byrne currently runs the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, which has been without a bishop since Bishop Jim Moriarty’s resignation following the fall-out of the Murphy report in April 2010.