Enda Kenny says Cloyne report on child sex abuse by priests highlights dysfunction and elitism in Rome
The Irish PM, Enda Kenny, said the Vatican seemed more interested in upholding the church's reputation than confronting sexual abuse
Ireland's prime minister has launched an unprecedented attack on the Vatican, accusing it of downplaying the rape and torture of Irish children by clerical sex abusers.
Enda Kenny said in parliament that the Cloyne report, released on 13 July, had exposed the Vatican's attempt to frustrate the inquiry into child sex abuse.
During a debate on the fallout from the Cloyne findings, the taoiseach said the report had illuminated the dysfunction and elitism still dominant in the Vatican.
Kenny told the Dáil on Wednesday that Rome seemed more interested in upholding the church's power and reputation than confronting the abuse of Irish children by its priests and religious orders.
An organization (The Roman Catholic church) that claims to serve the Lord Jesus Christ has had a long history of physically torturing and murdering adults in the most horrific manner in the Inquisition that lasted hundreds of years. But what is an even greater horror is the long history of rape, torture and murder of children by the Roman Catholic clergy around the world for an equal length of time. The publicly known cases number in the thousands but it is well-nigh certain that the cases of abuse that have never seen the light of day number in the millions. As the Irish PM claims the Vatican has always worked hard to protect its clergy and its (false) reputation as the church of Christ rather than to protect the innocent, particularly innocent child victims. By their fruits shall ye know them Jesus told his disciples and the fruits of the Roman Catholic church are all the evidence that is required to know that this organization may indeed be Roman, it may even be catholic but it is not the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.