A priest wrongly accused of raping a teenager in Kenya and fathering her child has been welcomed back home to his parish in Ireland, reports Kerryman.ie.
Father Kevin Reynolds received a standing ovation as he attended Mass in Saint Cuan's Church, Ahascragh, County Galway.
The RTE network has apologised to the cleric, accepting that allegations in its Prime Time Investigative program last May, titled A Mission to Pray, were baseless and without any foundation.
Fr Kevin had been forced to stand down as parish priest and leave his Galway home while investigations were carried out.
At a mass marking his reinstatement, Bishop Christopher Jones, Bishop of Elphin, said all the priests of the diocese were deeply concerned and hurt at what he had endured and were delighted to see him back.
The priest, a Mill Hill Missionary, started defamation proceedings against RTE to vindicate his good name and reputation. Two paternity tests later showed the 65-year-old was not the father of the Kenyan woman.
"Fr Kevin has carried his cross with great dignity," continued Bishop Jones. "He willingly stepped aside from ministry and never expressed anger or impatience of any kind. I believe that his own deep faith and spirituality have been his greatest source of courage and consolation through this most dreadful experience of his life.
Welcome for wrongly accused priest (Kerryman.ie)
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