The Bishop of Raphoe, Dr. Philip Boyce, has defended the work of his predecessor, Dr. Seamus Hegarty, saying that he worked well during his tenure in the diocese.
Speaking on RTE Raidío na Gaeltachta today, Bishop Boyce also defended Cardinal Séan Brady, following the broadcast of a BBC documentary on clerical abuse on last night. The cardinal has faced calls for his resignation after the programme claimed he failed to pass on information from a 1975 church investigation into notorious sex abuser Fr. Brendan Smyth. Bishop Boyce said the Cardinal “did what he had to at the time when he gave all the information that he gathered to his superiors”.
For the full report from staff reporters Michelle Nic Phaidin and Declan Magee see today’s Donegal Democrat newspaper.