The New York Times reports on Irish/Vatican stand off
Times following the stand off sparked by Enda Kenny's Dail speech which gave a voice to the people
The New York Times reports that Ireland is "in the midst of a profound transformation" as it "recalibrates its relationship to the Roman Catholic Church."
The stand-off between the Irish government and the Vatican began this summer when Prime Minister Enda Kenny gave voice to a nation when he criticized the church in Parliament.
“For the first time in Ireland, a report into child sexual abuse exposed an attempt by the Holy See to frustrate an inquiry into a sovereign, democratic republic as little as three years ago, not three decades ago,” Kenny said, referring to the Cloyne Report, which detailed the abuse and cover-ups by church officials.
The prime minister went on to attack "the dysfunction, the disconnection, the elitism" that he said "dominate the culture of the Vatican."
He continued: “The rape and torture of children were downplayed, or ‘managed,’ to uphold instead the primacy of the institution — its power, its standing and its reputation.” Instead of listening with humility to the heartbreaking evidence of “humiliation and betrayal,” he said, “the Vatican’s response was to parse and analyze it with the gimlet eye of a canon lawyer.”
Kenny's speech angered the Vatican, which immediately withdrew its ambassador from Dublin. The position of Irish ambassador to the Vatican is also currently vacant.
The Vatican's latest formal communication with Dublin took issue with both the Cloyne Report and the prime minister's remarks, saying that a crucial document had been "misrepresented" and calling Kenny's statement that the Vatican had tried to "frustrate an inquiry" as "unsubstantiated."
Sympathizers with the church also say Kenny went to far.
“Personally, I think it was excessive,” David Quinn, founder of the Iona Institute, a right-leaning religious advocacy group, said of the prime minister’s speech.
But Kenny's tone has been met with widespread approval in Ireland, where many people feel betrayed by both the abuse and the cover-up by the Church.
“You can talk about the finesse of diplomatic ties and maneuverings, but what Kenny was actually saying was that you have to prioritize the victims of abuse, and you have to assert very loudly that this is a republic and civil law has to take precedence over canon law,” said Diarmaid Ferriter, professor of modern Irish history at University College Dublin.
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