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Skip to comments.Ireland denounces Vatican role in abuse cover-ups
Posted on 07/20/2011 7:01:13 PM PDT by Cardhu
DUBLIN -- The Vatican encouraged Catholic bishops not to tell police about suspected pedophile priests and flouted Irish law, Ireland's lawmakers declared Wednesday in an unprecedented denunciation of the Holy See's influence in this predominantly Catholic country.
The government and all opposition parties unanimously backed a motion accusing the Vatican of sabotaging the Irish bishops' 1996 decision to begin reporting suspected cases of child abuse to police.
"This is not Rome. This is the Republic of Ireland 2011, a republic of laws," Prime Minister Enda Kenny told lawmakers.
In a direct challenge to the Vatican, Kenny denounced what he called "the dysfunction, disconnection, elitism - and the narcissism - that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day."
He said the church's leaders had repeatedly sought to defend their institutions at the expense of children, and to "parse and analyze" every revelation of church cover-up of crimes "with the gimlet eye of a canon lawyer."
Wednesday marked the first time that Ireland's parliament has lambasted the Vatican, rather than local church leaders, over the
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I posted this thread twice could you delete this one..
The Irish (clergy and government) hate the Vatican because it has cracked down on them and even forced one of their corrupt bishops to resign.
The entire Irish church had been taken over by leftist, modernist, sometimes homosexual and sometimes simply immoral, but always evil and anti-Catholic, clergy and bishops under JPII. BXVI actually took steps to do something about them, and now what we’re hearing are all the hornets flying out of their nests.
When Ireland turns against the Vatican they had better take notice - half the sons of Ireland are priests.
Yes indeed, a life choice favored for generations to get free room and board, never to worry. Not lavish, but surely secure and comfortable.
Priests and nuns did not die in their numbers during the great Irish potato famine. Few emigrated. Not so for the peasants.