Irish clerical child abuse cover-up

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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Fitzgerald – kids may still face parish risk

Thursday 14 July 2011

The Cloyne diocese and its then-bishop John Magee ignored the Catholic church’s own child protection policy between 1996 and 2009, a report released on Wednesday found.

Ireland’s Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald warned that the report meant parishes across the country could pose a continuing danger to children.

“This is not about an Ireland of 50 years ago. This is about Ireland now,” she said.

The document detailed the church’s suppression of information on 19 priests suspected of child abuse.

Irish bishops agreed new rules on reporting suspected child-abuse cases to the police in 1995 but a 1997 letter to clergy from the Vatican legate in Ireland warned them that the rules were invalid under canon law.

Mr Magee had previously served as a private secretary to Pope John Paul II and became the fifth Irish bishop to resign over child abuse cover-up allegations in 2010.

His aide for handling complaints Daniel O’Callaghan admitted that he had become “emotionally and pastorally drawn to the plight of the accused.”

No exceptions, no exemptions in child abuse, says Irish minister: here.

The archbishop of the US city of Philadelphia has resigned, months after renewed accusations that the Catholic Church covered up child sex abuse: here. And here.

A group of 120 Catholic priests from Spain’s poorest parishes has condemned a visit by the Pope scheduled for August 18-21: here.

Pope steps up right-wing crusade in Spain: here.

USA: SC Preacher Accused of Raping Women Behind Church: here.

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  1. Storm cuts short pope’s speech in Spain

    Rain and lightning forces pope to skip bulk of speech to 1 million young pilgrims and disrupts Sunday’s mass

    Associated Press

    Sunday 21 August 2011 16.31 BST

    Lightning over the World Youth Day crowd. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

    A thunderstorm forced the pope to cut short his speech to an estimated 1 million young pilgrims gathered at a Madrid airfield to mark World Youth Day.

    As rain soaked the crowd and lightning lit up the night sky on Saturday, the 84-year-old pontiff skipped the bulk of the speech and delivered brief greetings in half a dozen languages.

    During the day, firefighters had sprayed the crowds with water, and pilgrims sought shade in the near 40C (104F) heat.

    Some makeshift chapels on the field’s perimeter were damaged in the downpour, forcing organisers to announce on Sunday that not everyone would be able to receive communion during mass. In fact, said Yago de la Cierva, head of the World Youth Day organising committee, almost none of the young people received the Eucharist.

    The pope urged Sunday’s crowd to become missionaries for the faith. “So do not keep Christ to yourselves. Share with others the joy of your faith,” he said.

    He was kept comfortable during mass by a cooling system erected on the altar. He announced that the next World Youth Day would take place in Rio in 2013 – a year early to avoid clashing with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil – and said he hoped to attend.


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