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VATICAN: Tells Irish preists not to report sex crimes... SERIOUSLY WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS?

DUBLIN – A newly revealed 1997 letter from the Vatican warns Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police because that would violate the church's canon laws.

The letter, obtained by Irish broadcasters RTE and provided Tuesday to The Associated Press, documents the Vatican's rejection at that time of an Irish church initiative to begin helping police identify pedophile priests.

In the letter, the Vatican's diplomat in Ireland at the time, Archbishop Luciano Storero, told the bishops that a senior church panel in Rome, the Congregation for the Clergy, had decided that the Irish church's year-old policy of "mandatory" reporting of abuse claims conflicted with canon law.

Storero emphasized in the letter that the Irish church's policy was not recognized by the Vatican and was "merely a study document." He said canon law — which required abuse allegations to be handled within the church — "must be meticulously followed."

Without elaborating Storero, who died in 2000, wrote that mandatory reporting of child-abuse claims to police "gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and a canonical nature."

The letter, originally obtained by RTE religious affairs program "Would You Believe?", said the Congregation for the Clergy in Rome would establish worldwide child-protection policies "at the appropriate time."

The Vatican has not formally accepted any of the Irish church's three major documents on child protection since 1996. All emphasize mandatory reporting of suspected offenses.

The content of Storero's letter was reported second-hand in 2009 as part of a mammoth investigation into the 1975-2004 cover-up of hundreds of child-abuse cases in the Dublin Archdiocese. The letter itself, marked "strictly confidential," has never been published before.


Asked by 2boys4momma at 8:31 AM on Jan. 18, 2011 in Religious Debate

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  • I think power is a dangerous thing, and people will do evil things to hold on to that power. Shameful.

    Being a member of a religion doesn't mean one is immune to such things.

    Answer by SuperChicken at 11:04 AM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • It's horrible yes, but it's what the Pope was apologising for last time he came to the UK and he actually met with people who the church had not dealt with correctly and personally tried to sort their issues, at least they're trying to fix their actions.

    Answer by leah_rai at 8:38 AM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • Horrible choice by educated people that should know better-

    Answer by soyousay at 8:35 AM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • by the way I'm not condoning it at all, I'm just glad they're attempting to help now!

    Answer by leah_rai at 8:39 AM on Jan. 18, 2011


    I'm pretty sure it's already been explained to you that sick people seek out easy access to their addictions. Such as priests and "little boys". It is not strictly occurring in the Catholic church either so you need to stop with your psychotic bashing session. We get it you don't like Catholics.


    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:10 AM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • Don't cha know it's end of January, It will go on for awhile, (and others will be bashed too) then stop, then the Easter season will be here and it all start up again.

    Answer by oldermomof5 at 11:29 AM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • disgusting

    Answer by zebbiebug at 8:33 AM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • I think it's really sad and disgusting. How many young people have had their faith taken from them at the hands of these pedophiles? Back when the canon laws were written, there wasn't organized police/laws. The church had to police their people. That rule is outdated now, the police should be involved if there are any allegations.

    Answer by Scuba at 8:34 AM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • not surprised
    was born and raised catholic
    i am a "recovering catholic" now - lol
    in history, organzied religion is only a reflection of the people in power of that instiution
    sad, very sad that what is preached is opposite of what is the written rule

    Answer by fiatpax at 8:40 AM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • Like any other entity they are to do an internal investigation first. Schools do it, universities other churches. It's to protect all the innocent. There have been many who have been falsely accused. Not only in the Catholic Church, but also in schools. I know personally of a wonderful male who was falsely accused, all because a young man was mad,  this teacher caught him cheating. When the smoke had cleared not only did this teacher lose his good reputation, but also his job. Only to find out that he was innocent. It's the many cases like this that an internal investigation is done first.


    Answer by oldermomof5 at 8:42 AM on Jan. 18, 2011