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On Friday 1st December, Fr Reginald Dunkling, a priest of the Diocese of Westminster, was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court, following a conviction in relation to non-recent sexual abuse of a minor. The court imposed a 12 month community order, with additional requirements.

Fr Reginald Dunkling withdrew from ministry in May 2020, and since that time has had no role in public ministry. Following his conviction, he does not and will not have any role in public ministry.

The Diocese of Westminster has been cooperating with the police throughout their investigations. 

The Diocese of Westminster is deeply sorry for the hurt that he caused to his victim, the victim’s family and the wider community, and acknowledges the gravity of the abuse he inflicted.

The Diocese of Westminster is committed to the safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults in its care. Over the past two decades, in conjunction with the Catholic Church in England and Wales, we have developed robust safeguarding policies and procedures, which have been put in place across parishes, chaplaincies, schools and agencies of the diocese to provide protection for children and vulnerable adults. We continue to strengthen our policies, procedures and practice.  

If anyone has any concerns of a safeguarding nature involving the Diocese of Westminster, they are asked to contact the statutory authorities or the Diocesan Safeguarding Service. Contact details, further information on our safeguarding policies, and victim support are available in the safeguarding section of this website