NEW BISHOP OF DERRY WAS HEAD OF SEX ABUSE SEMINARY
BISHOP DONAL MC KEOWN
|BISHOP DONAL MC KEOWN|
The newly appointed Catholic Bishop of Derry. Donal McKeown was the president of a seminary in Belfast where the notorious paedophile priest Father James Donaghy used to go to abuse a seminarian.
|FATHER JAMES DONAGHY|
Father Donaghy also was in the habit of taking the seminarian out of the seminary for meals, day trips and ever weekend trips to London and New York.
No other seminarian had a priest visit them and lock themselves in the student's room and no other seminarian was allowed to leave the seminary for evening meals, day trips and weekend trips.
The seminarian, who cannot be mentioned for legal reasons, had entered the seminary in August 2000 when Bishop McKeown was president and the notorious Father John McManus was in charge of the seminarians. However Father McManus had to answer to Bishop McKeown and when it came to the seminary the buck stopped with Bishop McKeown.
|FATHER JOHN MC MANUS|
The spiritual director of the seminary Father Symonds has also had to step aside after allegations and is no longer in active priestly ministry. These days he is reported to be worshipping in a Presbyterian church in Belfast
|FATHER PAUL SYMONDS|
In today's BELFAST TELEGRAPH Bishop Donal McKeown is quoted as saying that he would have liked to be a father. He was a "father" to the seminarians in Belfast and an auxiliary father to the 300,000 people of the Diocese of Down and Connor where he was auxiliary bishop since 2001 and he failed to be a vigilant father.
He has never spoken out about the abuse in the seminary he was head of. He was auxiliary to Bishop Paddy Walsh who allowed Father James Donaghy to get away with abuse for many years.
In most organisations you get promoted for your achievements and your integrity. In the Roman Catholic Church you get promoted for keeping silent about abuse and corruption. You get promoted for being a loyal member of the episcopal and clerical club. You get promoted for being an active or silent member of the cover up.
Donal McKeown has now being rewarded at the age of 64 by being made Bishop of Derry. I hope that Derry is not expecting a new bishop who will challenge the status quo of putting the institution before people. If they are they will be bitterly disappointed.