Sunday, September 04, 2011

Vatican Responds To Ireland's Criticism of Its Role In Failure To Report Clergy Abuse

Today's New York Times reports on a statement issued by the Vatican on Saturday responding to allegations leveled in July by the Irish government that the Vatican discouraged Irish bishops from reporting clergy sexual abuse of minors to police. (See prior posting.)  The Vatican's response (full text) to Ireland's Cloyne Report, and to follow-up statements by Ireland's Prime Minister and Parliament, says that the Cloyne Report misinterpreted, through a lack of context, a key letter from the Apostolic Nuncio which seemed to downplay the importance of a Vatican document on how to handle clergy abuse allegations.