This case is a reminder to us that some people and some priests who are accused of abuse can be innocent.
There were two in investigations into Fr Mc Aleer – a police one and a church one. The matter was relating to a minor before he was ordained.
The Church hearing does not involve the same level of evidence that a criminal trial does.
The accusations were not substantiated.
We don’t know if the complainant did not offer evidence or refused to attend hearings.
But we must remember that in our countries we regard people innocent until found guilty.
That does not mean that they have to found innocent!
The Armagh statement says that this has been difficult for all involved.
We must recognise that.
We must also recognise that it has been hard for Fr Mc Aleer.
We must also wish him well as he gathers the pieces together again.
I signed the Book of Condolences for Queen Elizabeth at my local council office yesterday.
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