Vatican admits failures over abuse

2011-09-03 14:29

Vatican City - The Vatican on Saturday acknowledged "grave failures" over the handling of a child sex abuse scandal involving priests in southern Ireland that sparked outrage in the Dublin government.

While denying any suggestion that it sought to hamper investigations into the scandal in the diocese of Cloyne, the Vatican expressed deep concern at the findings of an official report commissioned by the Irish government.

"The Holy See is deeply concerned at the findings of the commission of inquiry concerning grave failures in the ecclesiastical governance of the diocese of Cloyne," said a Vatican statement.

The Vatican also "wishes to state its abhorrence for the crimes of sexual abuse which took place in that diocese", the statement added.

July's publication of the report into more than a decade of abuse by priests in Cloyne triggered an unprecedented attack by Prime Minister Enda Kenny who called the Roman Catholic Church's behaviour "absolutely disgraceful".


While Pope Benedict XVI last year wrote a letter to Irish Catholics expressing shame and remorse over the abuse of children by members of the clergy, campaigners say the Church has been guilty of a cover-up.

In the statement on Saturday, the Vatican denied that it had tried to block inquiries by the Irish authorities.

"The Holy See wishes to make it quite clear that it in no way hampered or sought to interfere in any inquiry into child sexual abuse in the diocese of Cloyne," it said.

The Cloyne report condemned the Church's handling of abuse claims against 19 clerics in Cloyne between 1996 and 2009, saying it was "inadequate and inappropriate".

In language never before used by an Irish leader, an outraged Kenny later told parliament the Church's inability to deal with the cases showed a culture of "dysfunction, disconnection, elitism and narcissism" at the Vatican.

The Vatican subsequently recalled its envoy to Ireland in order to formulate an official response.

The Cloyne case is only the latest in a series of abuse scandals for the Catholic Church in Ireland that were first exposed in a 2009 report detailing hundreds of cases of sexual abuse of children by priests going back decades.

  • Azazel - 2011-09-03 14:55

    because they have to keep forgiving's the nature of the beast

      Netherlander - 2011-09-04 11:00

      Catholic Church = Legal BUGGARY!!

  • BrixtonBriefcase - 2011-09-03 15:01

    How self indulgent...being "deeply concerned" from within gilded rooms in the vatican whilst church policies continue to ruin lives. What a joke.

      AceOfSpades - 2011-09-03 15:16

      And why is their so called "concern" only limited to the diocese in southern Island? The Roman Catholic child-sex racket stretches across the globe. Man, these pious pricks really are a work of art.

  • x - 2011-09-03 15:03

    "dysfunction, disconnection, elitism and narcissism" - yup that about sums up the Vatican.

      Netherlander - 2011-09-04 11:02

      X.... I know of another "oganisation" with similar traits.... I will NOT mention names...

  • CapeTownJunk - 2011-09-03 15:53

    Yeah right... they probably reckon their biggest failure was their failure to cover up the abuse. Especially given their past successes at covering up abuse.

  • zaatheist - 2011-09-03 15:58

    Lying cowards. They don't even stick to their own made up commandment about bearing false witness. The Church knew about widespread reports of priests repeatedly molesting children... and instead of acting to protect the children, they acted to protect the priests, and themselves. Thus deliberately and knowingly putting more children in the way of known child rapists, solely for their pure self-interest. Repeatedly. Time and time again. In every part of the world. As a cold-blooded matter of Church policy. That is the scandal

      capetonian - 2011-09-03 16:14

      Well, this abuse has been going on for centuries....does anyone really think this is only a recent occurence? They hide in the Vatican because it's a "State" and as such its citizens cannot be prosecuted. Christopher Hitchens has much to say about this bunch and its worth looking up on youtube for his comments and debates.

  • Anton - 2011-09-03 16:09

    Don't come with long stories....... First fire your pope , have him arrested, than send him to the ICC, and have him chraged with crimes against humanity, which will than lead to his long term imprisonment. Than fire your thousands of peadophile priests, and support to have these charged in a court of law, which will than lead to their imprisonment. AND ONLY THAN WILL WE START TO LISTEN TO YOU !!!!!!

  • Colin Dovey - 2011-09-03 18:26

    Too little too late - the damage has been done - both to the people concerned and then to attendance numbers at Mass. Sad indicment

  • meelo - 2011-09-04 03:59

    Jesus paid the the price so just believe and your sins are forgiven... Tell those little kids that the peedos have been forgiven 2000 years ago

      westerncape55 - 2011-09-04 13:07

      You have to accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour before your sins can be forgiven = you have to become reborn in Christ and leave your old way of life behind. Jesus was crucified for all but if you deny Him you deny God and your lost. This applies to every single person, whatever you've done and whatever hurt you carry. I've been there, I know what I'm talking about but I have also forgiven.

      VisionThing - 2011-09-04 13:30

      @ westerncape55. You sprout the same bs rhetoric that the great masses of brainwashed lemmings have sprouted since the silly story was stolen from the plethora of religions that came before it. There is no Santa, and there is no god. But if you have to believe in one of the two, choose Santa. There is much more evidence of his existence and fanatics have never raped, pillaged and murdered in his name. Time to grow up and face the truth.

  • Peter - 2011-09-04 06:19

    Stop the farce and let the priests get married and have a family, just as everyone else does.

  • westerncape55 - 2011-09-04 11:31

    You cannot get more insincere than this!!!! And what about the women that have been abused or has that been forgotten? A saying from an ex-boss of mine = "if the workers on the floor don't do their work properly anymore then look for the problem right at the top because it takes one rotten apple to affect the rest".

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