THE former Bishop of Derry Dr Edward Daly has also issued a statement apologising to the victims of clerical sex abuse.
In his statement, Bishop Daly said: “I welcome today’s report. I welcome the fact that the diocese has decided to publish the full unedited text of the report. I am pleased that the current handling and management of these cases in the Derry Diocese has been deemed to be satisfactory by the National Board.
“I am profoundly ashamed that children have been so gravely offended against by priests of the diocese. I have met a number of victims over the years and sincerely apologised to them. I greatly regret any failings or shortcomings that I may have had in dealing with these matters whilst I was in office.
“The management of these cases and the care of victims have evolved substantially and positively in recent years. I am satisfied that the Catholic Church’s handling of these cases in this diocese has greatly improved and the safety of children will continue to be of paramount concern.”
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