Thursday, July 14, 2011

Vatican acted disgracefully on child protection guidelines

The reaction of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland to the just realeased report on the diocese of Cloyne is pretty strong. See below from Irish news.

The Vatican’s unhelpful approach to clerical abuse inquiries in Ireland has been branded a disgrace by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

In the wake of the fourth damning report into the Catholic Church’s cover-ups of sex attacks by priests, Mr Kenny warned that new laws would not be stopped by canon rules.

The Holy See was severely criticised over a 1997 letter which stated that child protection guidelines agreed by Irish bishops a year earlier were “merely a discussion document”.

Amid deepening fallout over the inquiry into the Cloyne Diocese in Co Cork, Mr Kenny said the Government’s concerns must now be dealt with.

“I think this is absolutely disgraceful that the Vatican took the view that it did in respect of something that’s as sensitive and as personal with such long-lasting difficulties for persons involved,” he said.

The Taoiseach was adamant that new laws of five years in jail for anyone who withholds information on child abuse will not be limited by Church rules on the Holy sacrament of confession.

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