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Wikileaks Cables Suggest Vatican Refused Cooperation in Irish Sex Abuse Cases

Wikileaks just released a fresh cache of cables entitled "Sex abuse scandal strains Irish-Vatican relatons, shakes up Irish church, and poses challenges for the Holy See." The cables suggest the Vatican refused cooperation in the 320 victims who filed sex abuse lawsuits against the Church from 1975 until 2004.

The Wikileaks cache also maintained that the abuse allegations "offended the Vatican" and suggested the Irish commission investigating the allegations "failed to respect and protect Vatican sovereignty during the investigations." The Commission was able to provide evidence to maintain the victims' allegations of abuse cover-ups by some bishops within the Dublin archdiocese. The cables also indicate that Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone sent a written order stating that any information requests be sent through proper "diplomatic channels."

In one of the Wikileaks cables, Noel Fahey, Irish ambassador to the Holy See, reported to Julieta Valls Noyes, a U.S. diplomat, that the Irish clergy abuse the allegations were "the most difficult crisis I had ever managed." Wikileaks also uncovered the Irish government's actions to grant immunity to accused Vatican officials under the guise of "co-operating with the investigation." The cables also suggest many Irish politicians did not require Vatican officials to respond to investigators' requests because "foreign ambassadors are not required or expected to appear before national commissions" per one cable.

The Vatican eventually addressed the allegations on December 11, 2009 when the pope, Ireland's archbishop Sean Brady, Diarmuid Martin, and four cardinals agreed to a meeting with investigators. Following the meeting, the Vatican issued a statement on behalf of the pope which stated his "outrage, betrayal, and shame" regarding the abuse, his prayers for the victims: "You have suffered grievously and I am trule sorry. I know that nothing can undo the wrong you have endured. Your trust has been betrayed and your dignity has been violated. It is understandable that you find it hard to forgive or be reconciled with the church. In her name, I openly express the shame and remorse that we all feel," and denounced the "grave errors of judgement" "failures of leadership" and "undermined credibility and effectiveness" of Irish bishops.

For more: Guardian

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