Sunday 19 November 2017

Pope must answer people without any reservations

The voices of the survivors of abuse need to be heard in Rome, writes Colum Kenny

DIFFICULT MATTERS: Cardinal Desmond Connell. Photo: Ronan Lang
DIFFICULT MATTERS: Cardinal Desmond Connell. Photo: Ronan Lang

THIS is a crucial moment for the Irish hierarchy and Pope Benedict. They must not meet in Rome next month without lay involvement, including representative survivors of abuse.

They must not meet if bishops attend who have been compromised by the Murphy report, or who would be likely to be so compromised by similar official reports into other dioceses outside Dublin. And they must not meet without first assuring us that no "mental reservation" or other forms of deception will pollute their public statements.

Contacted last week to find out what is on the agenda and whether Cardinal Desmond Connell or lay Catholics have also been invited, the Vatican, would only say: "You will know everything, but in the future, not now".

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