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Welsh church under pressure after second clergy sex abuse conviction
    The Catholic Church in Wales faces calls to change its clergy formation procedures after the conviction of a second priest for child abuse, with some critics demanding the resignation of the Archbishop of Cardiff.
    Fr Joseph Jordan, 42, of Barry, south Wales, was jailed for eight years at Cardiff Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to six charges of indecent assault committed between February 1987 and February 1989.
    The attacks happened while Jordan was a teacher in Sutton in Surrey and in Doncaster before he joined the priesthood, the court heard. Following the trial, there was a call for the Archbishop of Cardiff, Most Rev John Aloysius Ward, to resign by a former south Wales priest, Ambrose Walsh.
    The archbishop, though, said he would not be stepping down.
    The organisation Children in Wales has urged the Roman Catholic Church to reform its procedure for selecting candidates into the priesthood.
    Children in Wales spokeswoman Catriona Williams said that it was essential for the public to have faith in priests.
   
BBC

24-Oct-00