Vatican to probe Irish abuse response

2010-11-12 18:12

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.

  • hamcando - 2010-11-12 19:53

    Oh just love it when the knights of hypocrisy gather to try to cover their shame.

  • Nicky - 2012-01-22 19:11

    Why take action when smoke and mirrors in the guise of an "investigation" will distract from your guilt for long enough for the calls for change to die down?

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