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Nuns have 'No Concerns' over Sex Offender in care village

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Anyone else find this REALLY disturbing...... the victim responded a few days later and felt the nuns had not believed what took place....where have we heard that before! South Belfast News 5th … Read More
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
Anyone else find this REALLY disturbing......

the victim responded a few days later and felt the nuns had not believed what took place....where have we heard that before!

South Belfast News 5th of September 2009
"The nuns who operate Nazareth House Care Village on the Ravenhill Road said this week they have "no concerns" about a convicted sex offender working at the South Belfast home for the elderly.
Terry McCauley (59) from Elgin Court was found guilty at Belfast Magistrates Court on August 11 of two charges - exposing himself to a female and a separate one of exposure.
The Ballynafeigh man received a sentence of five months, suspended for three years, and is required to go on the sex offenders register for seven years.
However, the SBN has discovered McCauley, who began his employment at Nazareth House Care Village from its opening in 2000, remains there as a maintenance officer despite the conviction.
The care home is operated by the Sisters of Nazareth and provides space for 22 residents, the majority of whom are permanent. In addition to the nuns, 100 lay staff from the community provide support.
Sister Teresa Joseph, regional superior for Ireland, said she knew Terry McCauley personally and had "no doubts" about him, even after the court ruling.
"We know he has been convicted but we have never had any experience or slightest indication that he is of that frame of mind. We know what the court said and have to accept that, but we have our own thoughts about him.
"It is just an unfortunate incident and justice will prevail in time. We have absolutely no fears in regards to him."
Sister Teresa said anyone with relatives residing at the care village should not be worried either.
"If anyone asks, we would simply explain we have known him for all these years and never had any suspicion he has done anything wrong.
"He is very well known in the local area and anyone who knows him would believe what we are saying. No-one should have any concerns whatsoever."
Sister Teresa confirmed there had been discussions between the nuns and McCauley over the conviction.
"We made it quite clear that because of the suspended sentence he has to be very careful with regards as to how he acts, especially if children come into the village.
"We have done our part as employers and made Terry aware of what people have been saying."
In a further development, copies of the SBN's August 22 edition - which carried the story of McCauley's conviction - sold out in record time in eight outlets around the Ormeau Road.
A number of local residents contacted us to say nuns at the care home had bought up the copies. However, this was disputed by Sister Teresa.
"It is simply not correct at all to suggest any nuns bought the papers to cover up the story and I don't know why people would suggest it.
"Locals should know we have no worries about Terry and he will remain in our employ."
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
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#1
Nutshell then........Looks like it is a elderley care home in Belfast run by Nuns. Worker has recently been convicted of exposing himself to kids / teens. Nuns said they know him very well and are happy for him to continue working there.

My point is nurses / Dr would be struck off let alone sacked, as I am sure same would happen if a teacher. Are religious places above the law?

You would have thought the catholic church would want to avoid anything like this after all the recent sexual abuse reports involving the church in Ireland....yet they still want don't see why he cannot continue to work there.
#2
I guess they're all for giving people a second chance.
If they know the guy - it sounds like they did before the conviction - and the circumstances surrounding the instances that landed him in trouble and are happy with it, and the Nuns who are in the nursing home are ok with it, then fine.
I wouldn't want my granny near him though.
#3
Heavens, nuns forgiving someone? I'm shocked.
#4
It is not about forgiveness but protecting vulnerable adults.
#5
iglimpse
It is not about forgiveness but protecting vulnerable adults.


+1 personally i think they are stepping on dodgy ground with this one
#6
*roosterpots*;6356467
+1 personally i think they are stepping on dodgy ground with this one


You would have thought so but seems they are getting away with it
banned#7
iglimpse
You would have thought so but seems they are getting away with it


The nuns know him, and the circumstances of the case and seem happy with him continuing.

I'd hazard that they know far more than you about the case and him as a person and the whole thing isn't as black or white as the newspaper is portraying it as.
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FilthAndFurry;6357056
The nuns know him, and the circumstances of the case and seem happy with him continuing. I'd hazard that they know far more than you about the case and him as a person and the whole thing isn't as black or white as the newspaper is portraying it as.


Agree and it is not often i would agree with a newspaper article. However, I did find the victims response in the same paper a few days later :--

Victim hits out at nuns' defence of sex offender

South Belfast News 10th of September 2009

By Scott Jamison


The victim of a sex offender employed by nuns at a Ravenhill Road care village has slammed the regional superior of the order for defending the man convicted of exposing himself to her.

The young woman bravely spoke out after the South Belfast News revealed last week that Terry McCauley from Elgin Court was to keep his job at Nazareth Care Village despite being placed on the sex offenders’ register. McCauley was convicted of exposure and a separate count of exposure to a female on August 11.

When questioned by our reporter last week over his position at the care village, Sister Teresa Joseph, regional superior for the order said they had “no doubts” over McCauley and that “justice would prevail”.
However the woman who suffered the sex crime back in 2006, said she was “furious” at the nun’s response to her ordeal and questioned their decision to keep him in their employ. She also slammed comments by SDLP MLA Carmel Hanna who said that McCauley’s offences were “at the lower end of the scale”.

“I just can’t believe the nuns are sticking up for him and when I read the paper last week I was in shock,” said the Markets woman. “The nun said ‘justice would prevail’ – are they making me out to be a liar? How dare they?”

The victim, who was 16 at the time of the crime in June 2006, had been sitting her GCSEs at St Joseph’s College when McCauley pulled up in a car in St Jude’s Parade and exposed himself to her and a friend.

Determined to see him brought to court for his offence she thought this action would bring closure to the event. However she says the response of the clergy to her ordeal has been ‘sickening’.

“We had the Ryan Report a while ago talking about abuse being covered up and now these nuns are employing a convicted sex offender.
“This man was convicted in court and yet they are defending him. I am a Catholic myself, so I can’t believe they are backing a sex offender.”
The young woman also said she was astounded by Carmel Hanna’s comments said McCauley’s crimes were “at the lower end of the scale”.
“We weren’t small children but we were still only 16. She might not think it’s as bad as raping someone, but she wasn’t the one he exposed himself to.

“If any good comes of this, maybe people will realise there isn’t some scale of sex crimes and they’re all as bad as each other.”

Despite attempts to contact the Nazareth Care Lodge no-one was available for comment.
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iglimpse
“If any good comes of this, maybe people will realise there isn’t some scale of sex crimes and they’re all as bad as each other.”


Does she seriously think that seeing a ***** is as bad as being raped

edit: i find it mildly amusing that a proper term for male genitalia is censored, while a potentially 'triggering' word like raped goes unchecked. Genius.
#10
There may be a reason that the Nuns don't want to get rid of him that isn't quite so obvious to the outside world.;-)

Old habit's are hard to change.:)
#11
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There may be a reason that the Nuns don't want to get rid of him that isn't quite so obvious to the outside world.;-)

Old habit's are hard to change.:)


Good joke.

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