ONE IN FOUR PRESS RELEASE MONDAY MARCH 20TH 2012 VATICAN STILL NOT ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY
One in Four says that the Vatican is still not accepting responsibility for its role in creating the culture of purposeful cover-ups of the sexual abuse of children. Responding to the Summary of the Findings of the Apostolic Visitation to Ireland, One in Four says it is disappointing that the Vatican did not use the opportunity to acknowledge that its interventions in the abuse scandal had allowed individual Catholic Church leaders in Ireland to ignore guidelines and to protect the good name of the Church at the expense of the safety of children.
Executive Director Maeve Lewis says: “While we welcome the findings of the Visitation that the Irish Church now has good child protection practices in place we feel it is a lost opportunity to address the role played by the Vatican in perpetuating the policy of protecting abusive priests at the expense of children”
Maeve Lewis adds: “ We also welcome the recommendation that the Bishops and Religious Superiors should devote much time to listening to survivors and attending to their needs. In the past year at One in Four we have noticed a hardening of attitude on the part of the church authorities to the question of compensation for survivors. We have had grotesque situations where senior Churchmen meet with survivors, assure them of their remorse for what happened while at the same time are instructing their legal teams to file full defences in relation to civil compensations suits. This only compounds the pain and hurt of survivors. It brings into question the authenticity of the Church’s repentance”