Bishops accused of eroding the rights of innocent priests

The Association of Catholic Priests has been critical of some bishops claiming the rights of innocent priests had been eroded.

The ACP said the reports on six dioceses this week from the NBSCCC showed that of the allegations against 85 priests, just eight were convicted of a criminal offence.

The Association of Catholic Priests has been critical of some bishops claiming the rights of innocent priests had been eroded.

The ACP said the reports on six dioceses this week from the NBSCCC showed that of the allegations against 85 priests, just eight were convicted of a criminal offence.

In a statement the ACP accuses "many bishops, in their great desire to implement the child protection guidelines, and to be seen by the media to be doing so, to have lost sight of the rights and entitlements of priests to their good name and reputation."