Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Irish Priest On Leave after Child Sex Allegations

Published Nov 4, 2013, The Irish Times

Bishop tells mass-goers parish priest on leave over child sex allegations

Fr Owen Collins, parish priest of Drumgoon, Cootehill, County Cavan, Ireland, “voluntarily agreed to take administrative leave”.

While this is dreadful news, there is also some good signs coming out of this. That the Bishop acted quickly and the priest took leave voluntarily, indicates a greatly improved attitude by the Catholic Church in dealing with allegations of child sexual abuse. It was far too long coming but it is good to see, at least in this one case.

Fr Owen Collins
A Catholic parish priest in the diocese of Kilmore has taken voluntary leave pending an investigation into a complaint “which raises concerns in relation to child safeguarding matters”.

The announcement in relation to Fr Owen Collins, parish priest of Drumgoon, Cootehill, Co Cavan, was made yesterday in a statement from the Bishop of Kilmore, Bishop Leo O’Reilly, which was read at all Masses in the parish.

The bishop’s statement said, “I deeply regret to inform you that I have received a complaint against your parish priest. He has, in accordance with child safeguarding procedures, voluntarily agreed to take administrative leave whilst an investigation takes place.

“It is important to stress that the priest enjoys the right to the presumption of innocence whilst these matters are being investigated.

“From experience, I am aware that investigations of this nature can take a considerable time to complete. Pending the outcome of the investigation I have appointed Fr Paul Casey as acting parish priest of this parish.”