Irish analyst sees major breach in ties with Vatican
August 30, 2011
The Vatican’s decision to recall the apostolic nuncio from Dublin, after an inflammatory speech by Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny, signals a serious diplomatic breach, writes Dermot Keogh for the Irish Times.
“The Taoiseach’s speech was a radical departure” from normal diplomatic protocol, Keogh writes, and it is remarkable that Kenny apparently delivered that speech without consulting with other government officials. Kenny’s speech suggested that the Holy See is, to this day, interfering with efforts to address the sex-abuse crisis. That accusation, delivered without prior warning (and without supporting evidence) was a grave diplomatic offense.