Not since Martin Luther nailed his theses to the Cathedral door, has such a broadside hit the Vatican. A broadside launched by the catholic Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny, on the floor of the Irish Parliament.
Here is the context.
In 1996 the Irish Catholic bishops signed an agreement to begin reporting suspected cases of child abuse to the police..
The following year the Papal Nuncio to Ireland wrote a confidential letter to all the bishops pointing Roman canon law trumped Irish state law.
When a further investigation published last week showing multiple cases of preistly sex abuse in County Cork, the Irish government was outraged.
In full-throated anger, Prime Minister Kenny told Parliament, « This is not Rome. This is he Republic of Ireland, 2011, a republic of laws. » Kenny was just getting started: He denounced what he called « the dysfunction, disconnection, elitism — and the narcissism – that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day. »
He said the church’s leaders had repeatedly sought to defend heir instiutions at the expense of children and « to parse and analyze » every revelation of church cover-up of crimes « with the gimlet eye of a canon lawyer. »
Kenny said canon law had « neither legitimacy nor a place in the affairs of this country
Ireland’s foreign minister called in the pope’s ambassador and demanded an official response from the Vatican. So far none has been forthcoming.This is the toughest attack on theVatican from another sovereign state in my lifetime.
Was it deserved?
What do you think?