Saturday 21 April 2018

Walsh: Vatican probe needed

THE findings from chapter 19 of the Murphy Report remind us once more of the systemic failure of the institutional Catholic Church to protect young children whose lives were shattered by the actions of clerical paedophiles and the culpable inaction of bishops and senior clerics who still cling to power.

It is also time for the Vatican to be investigated for its role in the cover-up of paedophilia. As late as 1994 it protected the serial clerical paedophile, Tony Walsh, in spite of knowing of his criminal behaviour for 18 years.

It was only when Walsh was convicted of sexual assault in the courts one year later that the Vatican authorities agreed to his dismissal from the priesthood.

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