Tuesday 16 January 2018

FG chairman wants Papal Nuncio expelled

Independent.ie reporters

Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan has called for the expulsion of the Papal Nuncio, following the shocking revelations in the Cloyne report.

The Laois-Offaly deputy and chariman of the parliamentary party said the report showed the Vatican was guilty of a massive deceit.

He said that if any foreign government conspired with Irish citizens to break the law here, their ambassadors would be expelled.

The same standards should apply to the Papal Nuncio, he said.

Earlier Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore told the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Guiseppe Leanza, that he wants a 'response' and an explanation from the Vatican as to why Irish church guidelines were ignored and allegations of abuse went unreported.

Mr Gilmore said it was 'absolutely unacceptable' that the Vatican had intervened in Ireland and discouraged priests from reporting crimes against innocent children.

Mr Gilmore said what happened in Ireland was 'a totally inappropriate, unjustified, unacceptable intervention'.

'This is modern Ireland and this was a recent occasion of abuse of children and this was a recent intervention by Vatican authorities,' he said.

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