News archive 2010, Towards Healing

Statement by Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Apostolic Administrator in the Diocese of Cloyne

PRESS RELEASE
26 June 2010

Statement by Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Apostolic Administrator in the Diocese of Cloyne

Today Father Bill Bermingham offered his resignation to me as Designated Person for the Safeguarding of Children in the Diocese of Cloyne.  I have accepted Father Bermingham’s resignation.

I wish to thank Father Bermingham for the unstinting and selfless commitment which he has given to this role on behalf of the diocese during a very painful period.

I have been witness to the integrity of Father Bermingham’s motivation in seeking to rebuild trust with people who have been harmed by priests of the diocese and, to help in their healing.  The safeguarding of children in Church ministry has been his consistent priority and concern.

I have requested Father John McCarthy to act on a temporary basis in the role of Designated Person on behalf of the diocese.

ENDS

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