The Catholic Church is reviewing a breach of its ‘safeguarding’ procedures which occured during the recent Waterford and Lismore Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Over 500 pilgrims from the Diocese travelled to Lourdes on the 60th anniversary of the first pilgrimage from the Diocese last month, led by Bishop Cullinan.
It’s understood that during the pilgrimage a number of young people were left alone with persons unknown to them.
While there is no suggestion of any abuse, it’s understood the teenagers were subjected to what has been described as attempted ‘brainwashing’ and were distressed by the experience.
In a statement, the communications officer for the Diocese Fr Liam Power said:
” The Waterford and Lismore Diocesan Pilgrimage has safeguarding policies and procedures in place which are fully compliant with those set down by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.
A safeguarding incident occurred during the pilgrimage this year. It was reported to the safeguarding committee on the pilgrimage (which is overseen by the Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator). It was dealt with promptly and effectively in accordance with safeguarding policies and procedures.
A review of the incident in consultation with the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church has been commissioned. This review is now underway.”