The world seen from Rome
Stands By Criticism of Vatican in Cloyne Report
It Hopes Lessons Have Been Learned
Ireland, SEPT. 8, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The government of Ireland has
thanked the Vatican for its response to the Cloyne report, but stands
criticism of a 1997 letter that Ireland says gave some clergy a pretext
covering-up sexual abuse accusations.
a brief statement issued today, the government of Ireland said it
the statement in the response that the Holy See is sorry and ashamed
terrible sufferings which the victims of abuse and their families have
400-page Cloyne report, published in July, found that Bishop John Magee
Coyne, who resigned in 2010, ignored the 1996 child protection
down by the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference and failed to report to
police at least nine of 15 sexual abuse allegations in that period.
it found that the reaction of the Vatican to the efforts of the
Irish bishops to respond to child abuse allegations was unhelpful to
who wanted to implement the agreed procedures.
report cited a 1997 letter sent to the Irish bishops' conference by
then-nuncio Archbishop Luciano Storero (1926-2000), who stated
Congregation for Clergy considered the child protection guidelines
Child Sexual Abuse: Framework for a Church Response as a mere study
and that it contained procedures and dispositions, namely what is
as mandatory reporting, which appear contrary to canonical discipline.
Vatican responded that the letter merely offered advice on the
of a document, and that the Church has a long history of reiterating
importance of reporting sexual abuse cases to civil authorities.
considered carefully the Cloyne Report and the response of the Holy
the statement stated, the Government of Ireland remains of the view
content of the confidential letter in 1997 [...] provided a pretext for
members of the clergy to evade full cooperation with the Irish civil
authorities in regard to the abuse of minors. This is a matter of great
to the Irish Government.
is the Government of Ireland's hope that, in spite of outstanding
differences, lessons have been learned from appalling past failures,
continued. In this regard, it welcomes the commitment in the concluding
of the Holy See's response to a constructive dialogue and cooperation
welcoming this commitment the Government expects the fullest
from the Holy See, the Catholic Church in Ireland and all other
with a view to ensuing that Ireland is a society fully safe for
minors and that all of those with responsibility for the welfare and
children in this country are fully subject to Irish laws and