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Irish network issues public apology to priest wrongly accused of rape

Catholic World News - October 07, 2011

Ireland's RTE broadcast network has issued an "unreserved apology" to a priest who was identified as a rapist in an RTE broadcast.

Father Kevin Reynolds brought suit against RTE after the network aired the claim of a Kenyan woman that the priest had raped her and fathered her child while he was serving as a missionary in the African country. Father Reynolds--who immediately offered to take a paternity test--was suspended from ministry because of the charge.

At a September hearing in the priest's lawsuit, a judge scolded RTE for broadcasting the accusation without supporting evidence, noting that “in the environment in which we now live in it was hard to consider that anything more serious could be said about a cleric."

Now RTE has issued a statement that the charges against Father Reynolds are "baseless, without any foundation whatever, and untrue." The network said of the priest: "He was entirely innocent of the allegations broadcast about him."

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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Oct. 08, 2011 11:22 AM ET USA

    Reminds one of the lacrosse team from Duke. Some officials lost their positions over the damage done. As it should be. There's an editor that should lose his position here. Accountability go bragh!

  • Posted by: JoePip - Oct. 07, 2011 8:52 PM ET USA

    JMJ Apology is Not enough. They should be held Accountable for the Malicious Slander.The Harm has been done to an Innocent man. They didn't have the Journalistic Decency to investigate the report/accusations. What is printed about someone accused must be supported with facts, not hearsay. Respectfully with Love.

  • Posted by: rpp - Oct. 07, 2011 7:54 PM ET USA

    Too late, the damage as be done and cannot be undone. The netword made their point. This tiny footnote will be ignored.

  • Posted by: Steve214 - Oct. 07, 2011 6:09 PM ET USA

    Good news!!!

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