Vatican held on to child rapist priest

2010-12-17 22:30
Dublin - A previously censored chapter from Ireland's investigation into church cover-ups of child abuse says the Vatican tried to stop Irish church leaders from defrocking a particularly dangerous paedophile priest.

The chapter, released on Friday, details how Dublin leaders ordered Catholic priest Tony Walsh defrocked in 1993 following 15 years of child-abuse complaints.

But the Vatican overruled the verdict and ordered him sent to an Irish monastery instead.

Rome relented in 1996 after police opened a criminal probe and Walsh attacked a boy in a pub restroom following a family funeral.

Walsh was imprisoned for raping boys last week.

The Dublin Archdiocese investigation, published last year, found that Catholic officials shielded dozens of priests from prosecution for decades.

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