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Vatican rejects Irish criticism over sex abuse

September 4, 2011

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— The Vatican on Saturday vigorously rejected accusations it had sabotaged efforts by Irish bishops to report priests who sexually abused children to police and charged that the Irish prime minister had made an “unfounded” attack against the Holy See.

The Vatican issued a 24-page response to the Irish government after Prime Minister Enda Kenny and the Irish parliament publicly denounced the Vatican following the publication in July of a government-mandated investigation into priestly sex abuse in the diocese of Cloyne in southern Ireland. The report found that the Vatican had undermined attempts by Irish bishops to protect children by warning that their policy requiring abuse to be reported to police might violate church law.

The Cloyne report, and Kenny’s unprecedented dressing down of the Holy See that followed, prompted cheers from Irish Catholics who have grown increasingly disgusted by the colossal scale of priestly sexual abuse and cover-up in Ireland and the Vatican’s consistent claim that it bore no blame.

The diplomatic standoff was particularly acute given that Ireland has long been staunchly Roman Catholic, Kenny himself is a practicing Catholic, and the church has long enjoyed a privileged place in society. The abuse scandal has taken its toll, however, and Kenny’s speech was a remarkable indication of just how deep the wounds are.

It also came as the Vatican is fighting on multiple legal fronts in the U.S. to defend itself against lawsuits alleging it is liable for abusive priests. Just last month, the Holy See was forced to turn over internal personnel files of an abusive priest to lawyers representing a victim in Oregon.

The Vatican was patently stunned by Kenny’s July 20 speech and recalled its ambassador. In the seven weeks since, it drafted a detailed response, hoping to set the record straight and assure Ireland’s abuse-weary faithful that it is serious about cracking down on predator priests.

Irish leaders, however, were not convinced. Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore said he remained certain that the Vatican had exacerbated the abuse crisis and criticized the Holy See for offering an overly “legalistic” justification of its actions in dealing with priests who rape and molest children.

Comments

Wadde 3 years, 6 months ago

The legal front shows the other side of the story..they always call male priest "so called predators" it means Sexual Hunter it gives the predator control such titles give such fear that prey does not have any control which is not true..there are minors that are labeled childern that are sexual hunters that hunt older women which is prevalent in Ireland they always target male priest but not older women catholics that the vatican overlooks, In the vast scheme of things that the vatican has organized conspiracy against male gay priest which will come to light when our gay community does not have the man power to reveal because our gay community is partial due to facist relations with other catholics which silents the underlying truth.

Wadde 3 years, 6 months ago

in the early 80's it was called "sleeping with the enemy "this is how gay male priest were reveled when minors would seek to aim by hitlers young male officers at 16 blond blue eyed minors as spies to seek and to destroy the Catholic Church in Hitlers reign...

Wadde 3 years, 6 months ago

"pandora's box will be open when the Mothers glorious light shall shine and show all are undersin"

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