Monday 5 December 2016

Church shouldn't be its own judge

Published 20/06/2010 | 05:00

Sir -- While many commentators have high expectations of the Vatican visitation to Ireland I suspect that the outcome will be a far different -- and a more depressing -- one.

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Firstly, the investigation is flawed from its inception as it is an accepted legal axiom (nemo iudex sui) that no person or institution can, or indeed should, be a judge of itself as justice must be seen to be done as well as being done.

Only for the independent lay Irish investigations of the Ryan and Murphy reports into institutional and clerical sex abuse it is extremely unlikely that the truth would have emerged.

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