Statement by Bishop Noel Treanor upon the Return of Fr Hugh P Kennedy to Priestly Ministry
St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast
Sunday 1 September 2013
I wish to confirm the return of Fr Hugh Kennedy to the exercise of his priestly ministry.
Acting on information received by the Diocese in July 2011, and immediately referred to the PSNI, as required by law and in accordance with agreed procedures established by the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, Fr Kennedy voluntarily stepped aside from ministry in July 2011.
Following a PSNI investigation and a more recent internal Church review, all relevant agencies, including the statutory authorities, are satisfied that Fr Kennedy should return to ministry.
At no time was Fr Kennedy charged with any criminal offence or allegation nor was he subject to interview by the PSNI.
I wish to acknowledge and thank all those who supported Fr Hugh Kennedy over the past two difficult years and I ask all to continue to support him and this parish community on his return to ministry.
Fr Edward McGee
Tel. 078111 44268