The Vatican has recalled its special envoy in Ireland after a damning report on the Catholic Church’s handling of child abuse by priests.
Papal Nuncio Giuseppe Leanza has been called back to Rome to discuss the impact of the recent Cloyne Report. It showed how allegations of sex abuse by priests in Cork had been covered up. The report led to angry condemnation of the Vatican by Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Irish Parliament. In a blistering attack, Mr Kenny accused the church of putting its reputation ahead of child rape victims.
Kenny is right and this decision by the Vatican is welcome although I would add that when it comes to putting reputations first politicians are not exactly as white as Caesar’s wife. The Catholic church in Ireland needs morally power-hosed out and those who put the reputation of the Church before the need to protect innocent kids jailed.