The Ennis woman who was wooed and taken to bed by her parish priest, Ger Fitzgerald, is demanding a public apology from the cleric.
To date the only apology Fitzgerald has made was via text to his Ennus Co PP, Fr Tom Ryan.
Ryan read this out at last Sunday’s Mass at 11 am in Cloughleigh Oratory, Ennis.
The text said Ger was “sorry for the hurt he had caused”.
Who has Ger “hurt”?
He has obviously hurt the faithful Catholics of Ennis by breaking his vows.
He has hurt his fellow Killaloe clergy by visiting another huge scanal on the Killaloe presbyterate.
He has hurt his bishop who placed his trust in him to behave properly with the People of God.
He has added to the ocean of scandal enveloping the Irish Roman Catholic Church.
But above all else, he has hurt a young woman who met him in the course of his ministry as a priest.
The young woman, with little or no experience of priests, was vilneralbe at the time as the result of her father’s death, and the mire recent dissolution of the family home.
Fitzgerald engaged in a sixth month long relationship with the woman – leading her to believe it was not a casual relationship.
He confided in her about at least two other relationships he had with females – one of whom he still spends every New Year’s Eve with. He did say that relationship was no longer sexual.
Ger certainly does owe the woman a profound and fulsome apology – and it needs to be public so that his Cloughleigh Fan Club know he did sleep with the woman.
He is still giving that Fan Club the message tgat the woman is lying.
CONSEQUENCES FOR THE WOMAN:
The consequances to date are very serious for the woman.
She has had to abandon her home after death threats from associates of the Fan Club.
She has had to seek Garda protection.
She has had to go into hiding.
CONSEQUENCES FOR GER
A three to twelve month holiday which the diocese will pay two thirds of the cost.
Access to private counselling and therapy that can cost up to € 30,000.
The prospect of returning to priesthood as if nothing had happened.
AN APOLOGY IS REQUIRED.
MORE IS REQUIRED!