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Irish Church braced for new clerical abuse report fallout

Relations between Irish government and Vatican reach a historic low after Cloyne Report accuses the Roman Catholic Church of not cooperating with the civil authorities.

Relations between Irish government and Vatican reach a historic low after Cloyne Report accuses the Roman Catholic Church of not cooperating with the civil authorities.

Published in July 2011, the Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Diocese of Cloyne is the latest in the series of clerical sex abuse scandals in Ireland.

The judicial inquiry was severely critical of the way the Roman Catholic Church handled allegations of sexual abuse against 19 priests in the Diocese of Cloyne, Co Cork, between 1996 and 2009.

The inquiry found that the diocese failed to report 9 out of 15 complaints made against priests to the authorities. The report also said that Church official Bishop John Magee misled a previous inquiry and gave a false account of how he was handling allegations.

All-Ireland Primate Cardinal Seán Brady said the publication of the report was a "dark day" for the Catholic Church in Ireland.

In an unprecedented attack on the Roman Catholic Church, Taoiseach Enda Kenny accused the Vatican of attempting "to frustrate an Inquiry in a sovereign, democratic Republic".

The Irish Prime Minister said: "The historic relationship between Church and State in Ireland could not be the same again. The rape and torture of children were downplayed or 'managed' to uphold instead the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and reputation."

Mr Kenny told to the Irish Parliament: "This is not Rome... This is the Republic of Ireland 2011. A Republic of laws….where the delinquency and arrogance of a particular version will no longer be tolerated or ignored."

The Vatican responded by recalling its special envoy in Ireland to discuss the impact of the Cloyne Report before giving a "considered response" to the Irish government.


Read more at:
Report by Commission of Investigation into the handling by Church and State authorities of allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse against clerics of the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne.
http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Cloyne_Rpt

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