Vatican rejects Irish criticism over sex abuse
Vatican City: The Vatican has vigorously rejected accusations it sabotaged efforts by Irish bishops to report priests who sexually abused children to police.
The Vatican issued a lengthy response on Saturday to the Irish government following Prime Minister Enda Kenny`s unprecedented July 20 denunciation of the Vatican`s handling of abuse.
The Vatican said Kenny`s claims, which followed the publication of a report into the diocese of Cloyne, were "unfounded" and based on an incorrect reading of a 1997 Vatican letter expressing "serious reservations" about the Irish bishops` 1996 policy requiring bishops to report abusers to police.
The Vatican also rejected accusations it diminished the policy`s seriousness, saying the bishops themselves never sought to make it binding.
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