Diocese of East Anglia
Statement 7th February 2013 1.00pm
Revd. Tony McSweeney, a priest of the Diocese of East Anglia was arrested on 6th February as part of a police investigation into allegations of the non-recent sexual abuse of children.He was bailed to appear again in ten weeks time.
Revd. McSweeney has voluntarily withdrawn from all active ministry and has resigned as director of the Notre Dame High School in Norwich with immediate effect. This is a neutral act that makes no judgement of guilt or innocence and which is in-line with safeguarding procedures of the Catholic Church in England & Wales.
Fr. David Bagstaff, Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of East Anglia affirmed “The safeguarding of children and vulnerable people is of paramount importance to the Catholic Church and the Diocese is co-operating fully with the police in this investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved in the investigation.”
At present it would not be appropriate to make any further comment.
Issued by: Fr. Mark Hackeson, Bishop’s Press Officer