A spokesman for the Catholic church in Nottingham, has issued a statement following the sentencing of a former Catholic priest who abused seven children while working in the East Midlands between 1957 & 1991.
Father Andrew Cole, spokesman for the Diocese of Nottingham, said:
The Diocese of Nottingham is pleased that Cullen has been given a custodial sentence which reflects the gravity of his offences and the scandal which they have caused.
We realise that no sentence, however long, can fully make up for the lasting damage which his victims have suffered, but we hope that his sentence will contribute towards their healing.
We will continue to work with the police and other statutory authorities whenever allegations of abuse arise, and will ensure that our churches and parishes are safe and welcoming for all members of the community.
We are truly sorry for the wrong that has been done by Cullen to his victims and their families; their trust was betrayed and their dignity violated. We will do whatever we can to support Cullen’s victims and all who have been affected by this tragedy.
The abuse of children is evil and cannot be tolerated. The Catholic Church takes the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults extremely seriously, and it is our hope and expectation that no child or vulnerable adult should ever suffer at the hands of others.