Monday, January 17, 2011

So, are they criminals?

Vatican edict in 1997 rejected calls to report priests who abused
PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent
Mon, Jan 17, 2011
A 1997 VATICAN directive rejected a recommendation by the Irish Catholic Church that priests who abused children should be reported to the civil authorities, it has emerged.
The disclosure is made in an RTÉ documentary to be broadcast tonight, which also reports that an Irish bishop described the Vatican directive as “a mandate . . . to conceal the reported crimes of a priest”.
The Would You Believe documentary, Unspeakable Crimes , is broadcast on RTÉ One television at 10.35pm...........

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