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Irish Bishops Called on the Carpet

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Posted on Feb 15, 2010
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The long-running clergy sexual abuse scandal within Dublin’s Archdiocese is still the Catholic Church’s problem, and on Monday, Pope Benedict XVI met with Irish bishops for the first part of a two-day strategy and damage-control session at the Vatican.  —KA


BBC religious affairs correspondent Christopher Landau says bishops from a particular country normally visit the Vatican around once every five years.

But the Pope has summoned Ireland’s bishops for a special two-day meeting, specifically to address the issue that has severely undermined Catholicism’s standing there, our correspondent says.

The Report of the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin - the Murphy report - published in November, found the Church had “obsessively” hidden child abuse from 1975 to 2004, and operated a policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell”.

Some bishops still in office had been part of the cover-up, the report said.

Four out of five key bishops who were particularly criticised have now resigned, but the fifth, Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan, is expected to meet the Pope.

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By dihey, February 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment

Henry II (Plantagenet) of England had it right when he demanded of Beckett: “defrock your criminal priests and hand them over to my court because you protect them from justice done”.

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By Howard Mandel, February 15, 2010 at 10:41 am Link to this comment
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If the Pope gave a rat’s patootie about people he would eradicate celibacy. Human’s get all f*cked up when they have to suppress their natural ‘god-given’ desires. I’m sure they can now figure out some other way to prevent priests’ families from inheriting church assets.

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By skulz fontaine, February 15, 2010 at 10:00 am Link to this comment

The Catholic Church and Dublin Archdiocese announce today a “special laying on
of hands” blessing for Haitian ophans. Especially the Haitian orphans trafficked
for specific intent. The Idaho Contingent of Baptismo Convention said, “we should
have thought of that.”

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By Leefeller, February 15, 2010 at 8:49 am Link to this comment

Well now! Maybe the Pope can ask god for guidance, especially not that Bush is not hogging all of god’s time!

Damage control? what! Is the Catholic Church sort of like a sinking ship?

Yep, it is nice to see Popey is really worried about the kids, if one looks real close their is a look of concern in the lower left hand corner of his eye. Lucky it has not been all that long.

It has been reported, the Pope is communicating with god by texting in Italian Pig Latin.

Hedges article this week, is talking about hives on the sewer of the web?  Maybe I am acquiring hives from reading all this crap?

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