Monday, March 8, 1999 Published at 07:24 GMT
Church 'ignoring rules' on abuse
Child protection procedures were set up by the Church in 1994
Catholic priests accused of child abuse are being allowed to continue working, an investigation by BBC News has found.
Since 1994, the Catholic Church has had strict child protection procedures.
An investigation for Radio 5 Live found one priest under investigation who was still working.
Another, recently suspended, was allowed to work in a primary school while under suspicion of abusing children.
He had been accused of abuse twice before.
Since 1996, six priests have been convicted of child abuse.
In each case, the church knew of previous allegations.
Numerous complaints had been made against him, but the Church failed to call in the authorities.
The Catholic Church in England and Wales says it it is fully committed to child protection, but said there may be individual cases where the guidelines are not being followed.
One priest, Father Michael Hill, was jailed two years ago after admitting nine counts of of indecent assault and one of gross indecency.
The mother of one of the children he abused said he should have been stopped.
She said he should have been barred from working in any parish and given help, rather than allowed to continue working as a priest.