Posted: March 20, 2012 by Ty in Spirituality

To the Vatican: Are you the pot or kettle here?

National Post | Life

By Philip Pullella

Vatican City — A Vatican report on the sexual abuse of Irish children by Catholic clergy accused Ireland’s religious leaders of negligence and called for more reforms there to avoid a similarly “shameful” scandal in the future.

Irish bishops assured Vatican investigators that they would promptly notify civil authorities of new sexual abuse cases and would make changes to Catholic education and seminary life.

“With a great sense of pain and shame, it must be acknowledged that within the Christian community innocent young people were abused by clerics and religious (nuns) to whose care they had been entrusted,” the report, released on Tuesday, said. “Those who should have exercised diligence often failed to do so effectively.”

The Vatican investigation is the latest attempt by the Irish Church to tackle a crisis that has badly tainted its reputation.

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