Wednesday, 16 April 2014

CORRECTIONS - FATHER PATRICK MC CAFFERTY - BELFAST

CORRECTIONS - FATHER PATRICK MC CAFFERTY - BELFAST

It has been brought to my attention that in the course of this Blog I have made two incorrect and inaccurate statements with regard the abuse of the Belfast priest, Father Patrick Mc Cafferty by Father James Donaghy
Fr McCafferty
Father James Donaghy is currently serving a long sentence in a Northern Ireland prison for abusing a number of young males in Northern Ireland.
James Donaghy
In a previous Blog I wrongly and inaccurately said or implied that Father Mc Cafferty was a priest at the times James Donaghy abused him. I now know this to be inaccurate and James Donaghy abused Father Mc Cafferty before he was ordained a priest.

It was also inaccurate for me to say that the abuse took place in Wexford. The abuse actually took place in Northern Ireland.

During a Blog I also said that Father McCafferty had a "pathological hatred" for Bishop Paddy Walsh - the retired Bishop of Down and Connor diocese.
Bishop Paddy Walsh

I now know this to be untrue. Father McCafferty - as a Christian and a priest - does not hate anyone. He did report his abuse to Bishop Walsh and Bishop Walsh did not take the steps he should have taken after that report. While Father McCafferty is justifiably critical of Bishop Walsh and his actions he does not hold any hatred for him.

I have not been asked by anyone to make these corrections. I decided to make them, quite voluntarily,  after receiving the information that what I had written was inaccurate and untrue as I would want this Blog always to be as accurate and truthful as possible.

I will always publish corrections and apologies when I get issues or details wrong.

+Pat Buckley
16.4.2014    


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3 comments:

  1. Pat, fair play to you for correcting and apologising. Its what we all do when we get things wrong - and we all do from time to time.

    PP D&C

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  2. A very tragic situation, prayers all round!

    CC - prefer my old title!

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  3. Agree with PP D&C. Well done.
    MMan Michael.

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