Vatican recalls Ireland's Papal Nuncio

Vatican recalls Ireland's Papal Nuncio

The Papal Nuncio has been recalled to Rome in the wake of the publication of the Cloyne report.

The report accused the Vatican of being "entirely unhelpful" to Irish bishops in their attempts to put proper child safeguarding procedures in place.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny made a strong speech in the Dáil last week condemning the response of the Vatican to the mismanagement and the implementation of child safety guidelines by Cloyne clerical authorities.

The Taoiseach said last night he had received 2,500 messages of support from around the world after his verbal attack on the Vatican.

Mr Kenny said many of the messages of goodwill came from Catholic priests.

The Government is still waiting for a response from the Vatican after the Taoiseach accused the Catholic Church hierarchy of dysfunction, disconnection and elitism.

Mr Kenny said the Vatican had attempted to frustrate an inquiry in a sovereign democratic Republic.

However, the Taoiseach said support for his remarks has been "overwhelming".

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