No quick fix for Church in Ireland

Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh speaking after the Irish bishops' meeting with Pope Benedict XVI (CNS/Paul Haring)

AS CRITICISM of the Vatican summit with Irish Bishops continues, and calls for structural changes within the Catholic Church in Ireland come to light (see BBC link below), the Catholic News Service offers an insight into why tackling the root of the clerical abuse problem methodically is far more important and effectual than simply being seen to take sweeping action.

“One outcome of the Vatican-Irish meeting was perhaps too subtle to measure on the media applause metre, but significant nonetheless. By all accounts, there’s been a shift in attitude inside the Roman Curia since 2002. At that time, the sex abuse crisis in the United States still found many Vatican officials in denial or very defensive; today, according to the Irish bishops, virtually all of the 10 Vatican department heads in attendance offered genuine support and help.”

For article in full, visit:

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1000724.htm

For more on diocese reduction in Ireland, visit:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8527025.stm

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