Vatican rejects Irish criticism over sex abuse


VATICAN CITY—The Vatican has vigorously rejected accusations it sabotaged efforts by Irish bishops to report priests who sexually abused children to police.

The Vatican issued a lengthy response Saturday to the Irish government following Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s unprecedented July 20 denunciation of the Vatican’s handling of abuse.

The Vatican said Kenny’s claims, which followed the publication of a report into the diocese of Cloyne, were “unfounded” and based on an incorrect reading of a 1997 Vatican letter expressing “serious reservations” about the Irish bishops’ 1996 policy requiring bishops to report abusers to police.

The Vatican also rejected accusations it diminished the policy’s seriousness, saying the bishops themselves never sought to make it binding.

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  • Lew Rogers

    The Catholic Church is corrupt and requires legislative controls on its operation(s) to end its repressive hold on the Philippines.  It should also be taxed on its “for-profit” investments and holdings and operations – that money can be used to feed the poor and to educate children.  It can happen in the Philippines 1st, or last, but it is going to happen.  China’s policy on the Catholic Church appears warranted.

  • Anonymous

    Ha ha ha……parang pamahalaan noon ni Glori-etta, di ba?  Sabagay, noon pa yan……maraming pinagtatakpan Vatican basta’t lumalabas na ang katotohanang tumatagilid ang mga galamay nila.  At pag nabisto, pinakakatago nila sa “kabinete” nila sa Vatican tulad ng ginawa nito kay Bernard Law na isang Cardinal noon sa Boston.  At nung panahon ng TNL na mga kastila sa bayan, kundi lang kay Rizal na bumulgar sa mga katiwalian ng mga pari-pari, malalaman ba ng sambayanan ang kawalanghiyaan at kasinugalingan ng mga tauhan ng Vatican dito?  At nung nagkabistuhan, may ginawa ba ang Vatican noon sa mga TNL na mga tauhan nila?  WALA!  Ops, meron nga pala…..TINAGO!

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