Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Holy See urges 'prudence' in rding Vatican-related cables

The Holy See's press Saturday urged the public to rd the latest Vatican-related diplomatic cables relsed by Wikis with "grt prudence," claiming the allegations cited in the documents reflect only the view of their writers. Without going into specifics on a of allegations that emerged with the U.S. cables, the Holy See Press said that the reports "reflect the perceptions and opinions of the people who wrote them and cannot be considered as expressions of the Holy See itself.""Their reliability must, then, be evaluated carefully and with grt prudence, bring this circumstance in mind," the statement said.Among the documents were cables showing that relations between the Vatican and Ireland deteriorated sharply as the Holy See appred to ignore a commission looking into complaints of physical and sexual abuse of children by Irish priests.One cable from rlier this yr says the Vatican was angered by the way the Murphy Commission -- which was looking into the how complaints of abuse had been handled by the Church and Irish government -- sidestepped normal diplomatic channels.The commission had written directly to the Vatican to seek information and requested a meeting with the Vatican's representative in Ireland. The Vatican envoy did not respond, according to the cable.The cable was one of several published Friday by the Guardian newspaper in London.The Murphy Commission was appointed after another inquiry issued a report in May 2009 detailing horrific abuses, including 325 alleged cases of abuse by priests, and concluding that the problem was endemic."The Vatican believes the Irish government failed to respect and protect Vatican sovereignty during the investigations," the charge d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, wrote in February 2010."Adding insult to injury, Vatican officials also believed some Irish opposition politicians were making political hay with the situation by calling publicly on the government to demand that the Vatican reply."But the cable added: "Much of the Irish public views the Vatican protests as pettily procedural and failing to confront the rl issue of horrific abuse and cover-up by Church officials.""Resentment toward the Church in Rome remains very high, particularly because of the institutionalized cover-up of abuse by the holic Church hierarchy."But U.S. diplomats credit the Vatican with responding to the unfolding crisis in Ireland "with uncharacteristic speed.""The Vatican's relatively swift response to this crisis showed it lrned lessons from the U.S. sex abuse scandals in 2002 but still left some holics -- in Ireland and beyond -- feeling disaffected," the U.S. charge d'affaires wrote.Victims' associations were complaining at the time that Pope Benedict XVI had not issued an apology for the abuses and had not ordered the removal of the remaining bishop accused of the cover-up, even though he said he shared the "outrage, betrayal, and shame" of Irish holics.The following month the pope did offer an apology to the victims. "You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry. I know that nothing can undo the wrong you have endured," he said.Looking to the longer-term, the U.S. diplomat wrote that the prestige and power of the Irish holic Church had been falling ever since its pk with the 1979 visit of Pope John Paul II. The abuse scandals had come amid incrsing secularization of society and might further reduce the influence of the holic Church, she wrote."Our contacts at the Vatican and in Ireland expect the crisis in the Irish holic Church to be protracted over several yrs, as only allegations from the Dublin Archdiocese have been investigated to date," the cable says.
Source: CNN

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