Follow Up Vatican Resonse to Cloyne Report Findings

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There are several articles this week that follow up to the Irish clerical abuse scandal ;
Today's Irish Times argues that "The great significance of the drift from the Catholic Church today is that it is not the weak who are leaving but the strong." Rest of article here

Meanwhile the same paper has a convincing article that sums up the Vatican's response to the Cloyne Report and to scathing criticism from the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny earlier this year in these words:

 "It takes 25 pages and 11,000 words to say - 'nothing to do with us'" 

"The Vatican would have us believe that the clerical child sex abuse scandals in Ireland are an Irish problem, where Rome’s only involvement has been in helping with a solution."

Rest of article is here and the full text of the Vatican's response to The Cloyne Report is here

Needless to say the victim's response to the Vatican's statement is one of disappointment . Link here

The Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has admitted that “a cabal” 
(A tightly knit group) protecting clerical sex abusers may be operating at the highest levels in the Catholic Church.

Dr Martin said: “There may be a cabal in Cloyne. They may have friends in other parts of the Irish Church. They may have friends in Irish society. There may be friends in the Vatican.”

Asked yesterday who was preventing the protection of children, he said: “The numbers that are involved in this are few. The damage that these people cause is horrendous. It’s for all of us to see where they are, but in the long term I have to take the responsibility that in Dublin there are not cabals who reject our child protection laws.

“Everybody knows there are people who have challenged what I do, there are people who challenge what the Diocese does, people challenge what the national norms are. They exist. The way we get out of the cabals is by those of us who are convinced of what we are doing, being strong together.”

Bishop John Magee was interviewed in late August  for the first time since the Cloyne report was published. The Association for Catholic Priests (ACP) criticised Bishop John Magee's first interview since the publication of the initial Murphy report into abuse.

Link here to BBC report here and another response to Bishop Magee here
Some victims speaking in response to the statement have dismissed his apology as “empty” and “insincere." 
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny stated that he has no regrets over his criticism of the Vatican. Link below.
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