Kenny condemns Vatican response to allegations
14 Jul 2011
The Vatican's approach to clerical abuse inquiries in Ireland has been branded a disgrace by the Taoiseach today.
In the wake of the report into the Catholic Church's response to allegations of abuse in the diocese of Cloyne, Enda Kenny warned new laws would not be stopped by canon rules.
The Taoiseach said the Government's concerns must now be dealt with. "I think this is absolutely disgraceful that the Vatican took the view that it did in respect of something that's as sensitive and as personal with such long-lasting difficulties for persons involved," he said.
"The law of the land should not be stopped by a collar or a crozier," Mr Kenny said.
Tough new laws to force the disclosure of information on child sexual abuse are to be introduced in response to the Cloyne report.