Tuesday 25 April 2017

Colum Kenny: Pope's meeting just perpetuates the scandal

Pope Benedict's meeting with our bishops is more about power than justice, writes Colum Kenny

If only it really was hard to believe that Pope Benedict is about to hold a closed meeting with the Irish diocesan bishops. Not just that. Attending their meeting tomorrow and Tuesday in Rome will be one bishop who has announced that he is stepping down following publication of the Murphy Report into Child Sexual Abuse, and another who is mired in controversy because he has not done so.

Why has Pope Benedict excluded survivors of abuse, as well as priests and representatives of the Catholic laity, from this highly sensitive two-day meeting with Irish Catholics? Why is he giving priority to meeting the Irish hierarchy, a body that has clearly failed to tackle the abuse scandal in a convincing manner?

Is Benedict being guided by his papal nuncio in Ireland, His Excellency Most Reverend Dr Giuseppe Leanza? The nuncio did not respond to Judge Yvonne Murphy when she was writing her official report, or offer her all the help that he could have.

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