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Initial media response to Vatican report pubished today on abuse in Irish RC Church

 A summary of the report was made public this morning at the Columba Centre in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, by Cardinal Sean Brady, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown. Media review with web links follows.

Abuse report advises Church changes
Belfast Telegraph – Changes should be made to seminaries and admission criteria for would-be priests, a Vatican report on the child abuse crisis in the Catholic Church in Ireland has warned. A probe into the handling of clerical sex abuse cases found that while guidelines …

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/republic-of-ireland/abuse-report-advises-church-changes-16133550.html

Vatican Radio’s Summary of the Findings of the Apostolic Visitation in Ireland
Vatican Radio – It should be borne in mind that the Visitation was pastoral in nature; the Holy Father’s intention was that it should “assist the local Church on her path of renewal” (Pastoral Letter of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholics of Ireland, …

http://www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/en1/Articolo.asp?c=572889

Vatican reports on Irish child abuse scandals
BBC News – The Vatican has expressed its “dismay and betrayal” at the “sinful and criminal acts” by Catholic clergy guilty of child abuse across Ireland. In a report published on Tuesday, it called for a “new focus on the laity” within the Irish Catholic Church.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-17442603

Irish Catholic bishops “make heartfelt pleas for forgiveness”
thejournal.ie – CARDINAL SEÁN BRADY, head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, said he “welcomed” the findings of a panel appointed by the Vatican to visit the four Irish archdioceses to look at how they were responding to the child abuse scandal.
http://www.thejournal.ie/irish-catholic-bishops-make-heartfelt-pleas-for-forgiveness-390269-Mar2012/

Vatican says Irish church making progress in implementing norms to protect …
Washington Post – VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says archdioceses in Ireland are making an “excellent” progress in efforts to implement norms to protect children in the wake of decades of pedophile priest scandals. The Vatican on Tuesday released a summary of findings of …
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/vatican-says-irish-church-making-progress-in-implementing-norms-to-protect-children/2012/03/20/gIQAd146OS_story.html

Vatican advises changes to child protection rules
Irish Times – Cardinal Sean Brady and papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown are to publish a summation of a Vatican report into clerical abuse in Ireland today. A delegation of senior Catholic Church officials sent to …
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/0320/breaking10.html