The Bishop of Killaloe has said that he is frightened and deeply saddened at the way in which the issue of clerical sexual abuse is turning into confrontation. In an interview with RTE News, Dr Willie Walsh said that this would only lead to further victimisation of the victims.

He said the media had done a service in revealing scandals but appealed to journalists to make further efforts to try to understand the issue. Dr Walsh also said he felt that sometimes the Church might have taken too seriously legal advice and perhaps not seriously enough pastoral advice.Last night, the Bishop of Ferns, Dr Brendan Comiskey, turned up for the Easter vigil at St. Aidan's Cathedral in Enniscorthy in County Wexford having absented himself from Good Friday ceremonies at the Cathedral. The Bishop had not been seen in public for the past four days of Easter services.

In his homily, he did not refer directly to the controversy surrounding the manner in which he dealt with the issue of child sexual abuse in the diocese of Ferns. After the service, stewards ushered reporters and cameramen away from the sacristy door and the Bishop and his staff could not be contacted for comment.