Vatican to probe Irish abuse response
Vatican City - The Vatican is moving ahead with its own investigation of how the Catholic Church in Ireland is responding to its massive sex abuse scandal.
It promises the probe will be sweeping but not interfere with ongoing probes by magistrates or a parliamentary commission.
A Vatican statement released on Friday said it is not an investigation of individual cases or "a trial to judge past events" but an effort to verify the effectiveness of the church's response to scandal and its assistance to victims
Pope Benedict XVI announced the investigation in a letter to Irish Catholics in March, addressing chronic abuse and decades of cover-up by church authorities.
The pope appointed a team of top prelates and nuns for the investigation that will begin in four archdioceses, including Dublin, seminaries and convents.