Vatican Letter Told Bishops Not to Report Child Abuse

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A newly disclosed Vatican document reveals that officials instructed Ireland’s bishops not to report all suspected child abuse cases to the police. David Clohessy, director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, says that the 1997 letter undermines persistent Vatican claims that Rome never instructed bishops to withhold evidence. Joe Rigert is a journalist and author of "An Irish Tragedy: How Sex Abuse by Irish Priests Helped Cripple the Catholic Church," and puts this new development in context.


Joe Rigert

Produced by:

Andrea Swalec and Duncan Wilson

Comments [6]

David H from Raleigh, N.C.

Cure anti-Catholics to come up with any explanation that demonizes Catholics.

Jan. 20 2011 12:40 PM
Judy Jones

It is outrageous and dangerous that Vatican officials block others who try to take the right action against abusive priests.

Why on earth do they think we should believe them when claiming they are taking meaningful steps to prevent future child sex crimes and cover ups?

One lie, creates another lie, and then another lie... But eventually the truth comes out.

The fact that victims who have been harmed so deeply by predator priests, and then harmed again and again by those at the top, is unconscionable.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director USA
"Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests"

Jan. 19 2011 11:52 AM
Buck from Minneapolis

Not surprising at all. Cue the Catholic League to claim it's all hearsay in 3..2..oh, Hi Raymond!

Jan. 19 2011 11:09 AM
Raymond from Trenton

Good question Bill, does the issue of sex abuse by teachers (reported to be far greater than the number of clerical abusers) expose a deeper and fundamental fraud of our Public School System. I'm sure fair minded people like yourself were screaming for the all Swimming Programs to be disbanded after 36 coaches were found guilty of abuse. And I'm sure you were equally upset when a Brooklyn Rabbinical court ordered 10,000 members not to report crimes to the police.

Jan. 19 2011 11:06 AM
Bill from Detroit

Doesn't this issue expose the deeper and fundamental fraud of the Catholic church? It seems quite obvious that none of these people really believe in God or Hell. But do keep sending your money.

Jan. 19 2011 10:45 AM
Raymond from Trenton

Let's see if I get this straight. A group of money grubbing Catholic haters, who have helped greedy lawyers sue the Church for millions, claims that the Vatican wrote a letter telling Bishops not to assist invesitgators, and then gave the letter to the Associated Press. No one from the Vatican was interviewed for the story. You basically just bought the accusation as truth, without having seen a shred of evidience. Which by now
is the standard procedure for the NY Times when the Catholic Church is involved. And people wonder why that rag is losing money and respect. This was disgracefully biased reporting on the part of The Takeaway. In future try to do a better job of disguising your Bigotry towards Catholics.

Jan. 19 2011 08:31 AM

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