Yet More Casuistry from the Vatican Say Abuse Victims

The Mail on Sunday (London, England), September 4, 2011 | Go to article overview

Yet More Casuistry from the Vatican Say Abuse Victims


Byline: Warren Swords

THE Vatican response has been bitterly criticised by survivors of clerical abuse.

Victim and author Andrew Madden said it was just another attempt by the Vatican to avoid responsibility for the horrific abuse suffered by Irish children at the hands of the Catholic Church.

'The gimlet eye of the canon lawyer has been busy in the Vatican,' he said.

'The response reveals every effort to continue to find ways for the Holy See to absolve itself of any responsibility for the cover-up.

'The Holy See continues to insist that the 1997 letter from the Congregation of the Clergy in the Vatican to the Irish Catholic bishops did not forbid reporting of allegations to civil authorities. This continues to be completely untrue,' he added.

'That letter makes it very clear that the procedures established by Canon law must be meticulously followed.' Mr Madden, who wrote a book his experience, Altar Boy: A Story of Life After Abuse, called on the Government to press forward with child protection legislation - noting that the Vatican response used the absence of mandatory reporting in Irish law as an excuse.

'That does not excuse the lengths Catholic bishops went to to conceal known child sexual abuse and to protect and reassign abusers. …

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