Papal Nuncio Giuseppe Leanza has been called back to Rome to discuss the impact of the recent Cloyne Report / BBCI’ve already blogged about the damning Cloyne Report, and the justifiable anger of the Irish government over what it revealed about the Catholic hierarchy’s behavior.

A key element of the report, and which sparked so much ire, is this: In the midst of several Irish investigations into the abuse of children by Catholic clergy, it turns out that, as late as 2009, Ireland’s Catholic bishops were still actively protecting abusers, in spite of promises made as long ago as the 1990s that things had changed. The Vatican itself had, in a 1997 letter to Ireland’s bishops, intervened and specifically ordered them not to turn reported abuses over to secular authorities.

In other words, the cover-up went all the way to the very top echelons of the Catholic hierarchy.

One would think that the Roman Catholic Church — which ostensibly teaches the humility and contrition that Jesus demanded of his followers — would respond humbly and show some contrition over this. However, that’s precisely what they are not doing. In the wake of the documentary evidence of wrongdoing provided in the Cloyne Report, the Vatican continues to lie … insisting it never did anything wrong and never ordered bishops not to cooperate with secular authorities.

After Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny ripped the Vatican a new one the other day, the Holy See responded … by recalling their nuncio (ambassador) to Ireland. The BBC reports on this latest event in the history of Catholicism in the Emerald Isle (WebCite cached article):

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. …

Vice-director of the Vatican press office Father Ciro Benedettini said the nuncio’s recall “should be interpreted as an expression of the desire of the Holy See for serious and effective collaboration with the (Irish) government”.

He added that it “denotes the seriousness of the situation and the Holy See’s desire to face it objectively and determinately.

“Nor does it exclude some degree of surprise and disappointment at certain excessive reactions.”

That last sentence is the real cause of this ambassadorial recall. Yes, folks, it’s true … the Vatican is so angry that the Irish government and people are (understandably) angry at the Church for what it did, that they’ve brought their nuncio home in protest! How dare the Taoiseach publicly condemn the Vatican for what it was shown to have done wrong! Why, that kind of insolent response just can’t be tolerated!

Fucking childish is what it is. And a fucking disgrace.

Photo credit: BBC.

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7 Responses to “The Vatican Pitches A Fit Over The Cloyne Report”
  1. DW Taylor says:

    Just another example of the Vatican not following the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church: 1. admit when wrong (confession) 2. be truly sorry (act of contrition) 3. make reparations (penance). Is it any wonder I am a fallen away Catholic agnostic? http://blog.shoppingcartcatholicagnostic.com/

    • PsiCop says:

      Yes, the R.C. Church is run by a cadre of hypocrites, who order their sheep to live one way, but then ignore those rules and do whatever's in their own self-interest.

      But why should this be surprising? Honestly, there is no church/sect/denomination that practices anything like the original teachings of Jesus himself when he supposedly walked the earth and taught the people of Galilee. That Jesus was an apocalyptic preacher who taught the virtue of humility and poverty, and he'd be appalled at the opulence of the Vatican today.

      There are no Christians I know of, aside maybe from some of the Mennonites/Amish or a few monastic communities, who truly live by Jesus' credos "turn the other cheek" and "give away all that you own" and "he who lives by the sword dies by the sword" and the rest of that. Christians have pretty much rejected those, and have rationalized away any mandate to follow them.

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