SEVERAL DOWN AND CONNOR REMAIN AMONG THE "DISAPPEARED" AS WE PREPARE TO BEGIN A NEW YEAR.
|JOHN MC MANUS|
Father John McManus was publicly readmitted to priestly ministry by the bishop Noel Treanor during two Masses in Portaferry and Ballygalget just before Christmas and yet he has received no appointment and is listed on the D&C website as c/o the bishop's house. The c/o Bishop's House title is normally reserved for priests who are "off the mission". After nearly 5 years in the wilderness and with the shortage of priests in D&C you would imagine there are plenty of holes for him to fill?
The parish priest of Dromaroad in County Down - Father Peter Donnelly - is also among the "disappeared" even though he was found NOT GUILTY by a court of abuse charges. Where is Peter?
Father Paul Symonds is also listed as c/o Lisbreen. After allegations made against him the police decided on no action. Then Bishop Treanor referred him to a Church Court in Dublin before a priest judge - Father Paul Churchill. Rumour from the Dublin Tribunal is that the case finished last October and that Father Symonds was given some time to appeal. Father Symonds is well thought of in the Belfast ecumenical community. But no up to date news?
What of the old legal adage: Justice delayed is justice denied ?