Bishops must be brave with Pope
Published 11/02/2010 | 05:00
Next week the Irish bishops are going to Rome for a crucial meeting with Pope Benedict XVI and senior members of the Roman Curia.
They must not allow the Curia to present clerical child sexual abuse as an Irish problem.
The prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, tried to put that slant on the problem in an interview in 'L'Osservatore Romano' (January 13, 2010). President Mary McAleese categorically rejected this claim in her speech to the diplomatic corps when she stated that, "these are global problems and to assume otherwise is to offer abusers the same dishonourable secret view which gave them protection and impunity".