Vatican held on to child rapist priest
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.