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Dublin Archbishop says Vatican cabal protects clerical abusers in Cloyne
A leading Bishop has admitted that a ‘cabal protecting clerical sex abusers’ may exist at the highest levels of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin also claimed the cabal may have friends working within the Vatican itself. The Dublin cleric made the admission in the wake of the Vatican’s rebuttal of criticism from Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the wake of the Cloyne Report.
Dr Martin spoke as Irish police put the finishing touches to a new report which is set to rock the Church and State more than ever. The national audit of clerical sex abuse by the Irish police force’s sexual crime unit will reveal a huge volume of complaints against priests dating back 80 years. As the fall-out from the damning report into clerical sex abuse in the Cork diocese of Cloyne continues, Dr Martin spoke of his fears of a cover up within his Church.
‘There may be a cabal in Cloyne’, admitted Dr Martin. ‘They may have friends in other parts of the Irish Church. They may have friends in Irish society. There may be friends in the Vatican. ‘The numbers that are involved in this are few. The damage that these people cause is horrendous. ‘It’s for all of us to see where they are, but in the long term I have to take the responsibility that in Dublin there are not cabals who reject our child protection laws.
‘Everybody knows there are people who have challenged what I do, there are people who challenge what the Diocese does, people challenge what the national norms are. They exist. ‘The way we get out of the cabals is by those of us who are convinced of what we are doing, being strong together’.
By CATHAL DERVAN,
IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
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