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Top Irish prelates called to Vatican for talks on sex-abuse scandal

December 07, 2009

Ireland’s two leading Catholic prelates, Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, will travel to Rome this week to speak with Pope Benedict XVI and other Vatican officials about the sex-abuse scandal in their country.

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, confirmed that talks were scheduled on Friday, December 11, “in order to share information and evaluations about the painful situation in the Church in Ireland” following the publication of a report exposing serious mishandling of sex-abuse complaints in the Dublin archdiocese. The apostolic nuncio serving in Ireland, Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, will take part in the discussions, along with the heads of relevant Vatican dicasteries, he disclosed.

The Vatican “summit meeting” is remiscent of a meeting to which Pope John Paul II summoned the leaders of the American hierarchy in April 2002, as the scandal was approaching its peak in the US.


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