Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Catholic church and pedophilia

A 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police — a disclosure that victims' groups described as "the smoking gun" needed to show that the church enforced a worldwide culture of covering up crimes by pedophile priests. Just revealed by RTE.

Two state-commissioned reports published in 2009 — into the Dublin Archdiocese and workhouse-style Catholic institutions for children — unveiled decades of cover-ups of abuse involving tens of thousands of Irish children since the 1930s.

A third major state-ordered investigation into Catholic abuse cover-ups, concerning the southwest Irish Diocese of Cloyne, is expected to be published in the next few months documenting the concealment of crimes as recently as 2008.

Evidence is growing that Irish bishops continued to follow the 1997 Vatican instructions and withheld reports of crimes against children as recently as 2008.

IMO: Comment is hardly needed, and this state of affairs seemed to have been widely known for some 50 years. Will things improve overall ? I very much doubt it.


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