Yet another priest charged with indecent assault!

Canon Patrick McEntee

Just when will ordinary members of the ‘Roman Catholic Church’ realise that there is something very wrong at the heart of that institution to which they appear able to give unquestioning allegiance?

How many clerics of all ranks world-wide have to be exposed, arrested and found guilty of the most heinous immorality, and that primarily against children, before there is a realising that such is the predominant moral feature of their ‘church’ and that for centuries?

Such perverts cannot be considered for one moment to be followers of the Lord Jesus. Christians are commanded, in both the Old and the New Testaments to walk in purity and holiness.

“‭Sanctify‭‭ yourselves therefore, and be ye holy‭: for I ‭am‭ the LORD‭ your God‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Leviticus 20:7.

“‭But‭ as‭ he which hath called‭‭ you‭ is holy‭, so‭ be‭‭ ye‭ holy‭ in‭ all‭ manner of conversation‭;‭ ‭Because‭ it is written‭‭, Be ye‭‭ holy‭; for‭ I‭ am‭‭ holy‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1 Peter 1:15-16.

The following report is from a newspaper, ‘The Irish News’ which chiefly serves a Roman Catholic readership.

May its report raise questions in many hearts! To that end we should earnestly prayer for the Roman Catholic people.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

Co Tyrone priest and former school president charged with indecent assault

Irish News (27/7/23)

A Co Tyrone priest who requested a leave of absence earlier this year while a serious safeguarding investigation was carried out has been charged with indecent assault against two males.

Court papers show Canon Patrick McEntee (69) from Esker Road, Dromore is charged with indecently assaulting a complainant between 1980 and 1981.

He is further alleged to have twice indecently assaulted a second complainant on dates between 1988 and 1989.

The circumstances of the alleged offences are unknown, although it is believed they relate to Canon McEntee’s time in Co Fermanagh.

He is understood to be subject to bail conditions ahead of his appearance at Enniskillen Magistrates Court next week.

Canon McEntee, who is originally from Monaghan, joined the staff of St Michael’s College, Enniskillen in 1997 teaching religious studies and sitting on the board of governors.

He was also college president between 1994 and 2000, moving on to take up the post of parish priest at St Davog’s Church in Dromore, Co Tyrone in 2001, where he has remained until his recent leave of absence.

Previously, the Diocese of Clogher confirmed Canon McEntee had asked for a period of leave “to allow a safeguarding matter to be addressed”.

“The Diocese of Clogher has robust safeguarding policies and practices in place. The Diocese of Clogher takes seriously all allegations, suspicions or concerns of abuse,” it said.

When asked of the current status given the charges now faced, a spokesperson replied: “Canon Patrick McEntee is on leave while a safeguarding matter is dealt with and will continue to be on leave from ministry until all due processes have been completed.”