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Irish government summons papal nuncio to discuss abuse complaints

Catholic World News - July 14, 2011

Irish foreign minister Eamon Gilmore summoned the apostolic nuncio in Dublin, Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, for an urgent meeting on July 14, to express the Irish government’s displeasure with the Vatican’s handling of sex-abuse complaints.

The Vatican envoy was called in after the publication of a new report on the handling of sex-abuse complaints in the Cloyne diocese. The report said that Vatican officials had supported Irish bishops who stalled on abuse complaints, while thwarting those who wanted a more aggressive response. Irish prime minister Enda Kenny described the Vatican’s performance, as sketched in the report, as “absolutely disgraceful.”

After meeting with Gilmore, Archbishop Leanza declined to take questions from reporters, but read a brief statement affirming the Vatican’s commitment to “all the necessary measures to ensure the protection of children.”

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  • Posted by: Contrary1995 - Jul. 14, 2011 3:56 PM ET USA

    The Irish government's shock and dismay ath the cover up of sexual abuse reminds me of Claude Rains' shock in Casablanca that there was gambling at Rick's Cafe. The Irish government aided and abetted the cover up sexual abuse in the Irish Church and in other Irish instutions for years.

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