Wednesday 20 September 2017

Colum Kenny: Vatican lays blame at door of local church

The Holy See has failed to acknowledge it could have done more to halt sex abuse, writes Colum Kenny

Yesterday's response by the Vatican to the Cloyne Report and to the Irish Government's criticism of Rome is at its most convincing when responding to some of what Taoiseach Enda Kenny said in the Dail. But it is weakest when trying to explain away its own opinion on guidelines that were adopted by Irish bishops to deal with sex abuse.

The Vatican makes clear its condemnation of sex abuse as a crime, and points out that it has disciplined thousands of priests in recent years for sexual misconduct.

But it lays the blame for what happened in Cloyne squarely at the doorstep of the local church in Cloyne. The 25-page statement contains no self-criticism of the role of Rome itself.

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