Vatican Stonewalled Irish Sex-Abuse Investigation
Holy See was 'offended' by Dublin's request for info
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2010 9:09 AM CST
An aerial view of the Vatican with St. Peter's Basilica is seen in this 2003 file photo made available Friday Feb. 4, 2005.   (PLINIO LEPRI)

(Newser) – Ireland's 2009 sex-abuse commission was an excruciating national cleansing—but when the Vatican was called on to help air the clergy's part in the scandal it balked, refusing to let its officials testify. The Holy See even went so far as say many were "offended" by requests for information, according to WikiLeaks' latest round of diplomatic cables, and that Dublin had "failed to respect and protect Vatican sovereignty during the investigations." The Irish government caved to the stonewalling.

The Vatican said today the US diplomatic cables, published by the Guardian and others, are not an "expression" of the Holy See. Other cables detailed the "worst crisis in 150 years" between the Anglican Church and Benedict after he invited estranged Anglicans to rejoin the Catholic Church.

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Dec 11, 2010 4:29 PM CST
The church (RC) has bought out the Irish--sad to say..chruch attendance in Ireland is down..people now prefer the pubs to church..The Netherlands..miught not be so easy for Rome to buy them out..and the banking problems of the Vatican..Gee you think they might want to move qaround money and property to protect it from the lawsuits?? No ..they're a church..they wouldn't do that!! or would they????HAHA
Dec 11, 2010 4:19 PM CST
At this point, if you give any money to this church, you are an accomplice in child molestation.
Dec 11, 2010 3:56 PM CST
They have such good job-security in the Vatican that I am pretty sure people working there could get away with murder if it had to be done. They're like a mafia.