Pope criticsed for response to abuse report

Pope criticsed for response to abuse report

The Pope has been criticised for his response to the Murphy Report into the cover-up of child abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese.

The Pope expressed regret for what happened but survivors support group One in Four says the response is inadequate and disingenuous.

Cardinal Seán Brady, who led the Irish delegation to the Vatican to discuss the Murphy Commission Report, said: "They, the Holy Sea, would be following very closely to discover how this tragedy took place and to ensure that measures are taken to ensure that it will never re-occur again."

Executive director of One in Four Maeve Lewis said the response was deeply disappointing.

"His [The Pope's] reaction is wholly inadequate, and is likely to cause further distress and frustration to the thousands of Irish people who are survivors of clerical sex abuse," she said.

"We had hoped that the Pope might apologise for the culture of secrecy and cover-up by Catholic Church authorities documented by the report and that he might accept responsibility for his role in the creation of that culture.

"To say that he is disturbed and outraged by the accounts of clerical abuse is disingenuous at the very least, given that the files of the clerical sex abusers have been routinely sent to the Vatican over the years.

"He must have been aware of the extent of the problem when, as Cardinal Ratzinger, he presided over the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith".

Pressure remains on the Bishop of Limerick to resign from his position.

Dr Donal Murray is heavily criticised in the report for his failure to adequately investigate abuse allegations when he worked in the diocese.

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