Statement of Archbishop Michael Neary regarding the Conviction of John Molloy at the Circuit Court, Westport, Tuesday 21st January 2003
I am deeply saddened by the crimes committed by John Molloy who was convicted today at Westport of having sexually abused children. Originally ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, USA, John Molloy served in this Archdiocese from August, 1985 to February, 1995, when he was withdrawn from ministry by my predecessor, Dr. Joseph Cassidy. He did not thereafter return to priestly work and was laicised in 1998.
To those who have suffered abuse as children in this case I offer my most sincere sympathy and support. I offer them, furthermore, a profound apology on behalf of the Archdiocese of Tuam. I wish, furthermore, to express my utter abhorrence of child sexual abuse, a terrible crime against innocence and an especially profound betrayal of trust when the perpetrator is a priest.
I take this opportunity to stress my own personal commitment to child protection and to confirm that the Church’s 1996 guidelines in this regard are fully operational in the Archdiocese of Tuam. I am determined to ensure that, as far as is humanly possible, a safe environment is provided in every parish for all of our children and young people.
21 January 2003
Fr Brendan Kilcoyne