Pope must make direct statement
Published 08/01/2010 | 05:00
IN line with the Catholic Church's drip-drip release of information, we now await a defining pastoral letter from the Pope to the "faithful" of Ireland regarding the fallout from the Murphy report on sexual abuse.
Regardless of what the Pope may say in a pastoral letter which will be read out at Masses across the country, it is unlikely to meet his obligation to make a direct statement to all of the people of Ireland -- of any religion and none -- including the many victims of serious crimes that were perpetrated by religious agents of the Catholic Church.
Pope Benedict XVI, head of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the wealthy Vatican City State, must be aware of the "unequal deal" that was agreed between 18 Irish religious orders and the then Education Minister Michael Woods, in which the orders, some of whose members attacked and raped Irish children, were allowed to escape with little more than a slap on the wrist while Irish taxpayers were left with a bill for €1.35bn.