Tuesday 25 July 2017

Vatican rule

•Why are some members of the clergy still in such obvious denial about the Vatican's role in the cover-up of child abuse by priests and religious (Letters, September 8)?

In April 2010, the Vatican Information Service released a statement by its director, Fr Federico Lombardi, concerning the now infamous Cardinal Hoyos letter, which praised a French bishop for preferring a spell in prison to informing the civil authorities about a serial paedophile priest.

The statement said the letter vindicated the action of the Pope in 2001 in unifying the treatment of sex abuse cases under 'the competency' of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. This, he said, was done "to guarantee rigorous and coherent action" in response to such cases.

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