While giving evidence at Northern Ireland’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry, Fr. Tim Bartlett, representing the Diocese of Down and Connor, apologized for child abuse that occurred at a boys’ home run by a Catholic religious order.
“The diocese would not wish to offer any excuse at this stage. Only apologise,” Fr Bartlett said.
He told the hearing at Banbridge courthouse that the concept of caring for vulnerable children was “noble”.
However, he accepted that some children were abused because of the actions of some Catholic Church figures and the inactions of others.
Fr Bartlett told the inquiry that “good people made very fundamental mistakes and some very evil people capitalised on that and manipulatively, manipulatively, used that situation for the most grotesque ends.”