Pastoral Letter by Bishop John Buckley circulated this weekend to Masses in the parishes of the Diocese of Cork & Ross to mark the publication of the diocesan review which was undertaken by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland – Sunday, 9 September 2012.
Today the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church published Reviews of Safeguarding Practice for the Dioceses of Clonfert, Cork & Ross, Kildare & Leighlin, and Limerick.
Cardinal Brady: “On behalf of the Catholic community in Ireland I welcome the publication of the findings of the recent Apostolic Visitation.”
Today the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church published Reviews of Safeguarding Practice for the Dioceses of Ardagh & Clonmacnois, Derry, Dromore, Kilmore, Raphoe and Tuam.
The Vatican response to the Irish government is detailed and comprehensive. It is serious, sober in tone and it addresses broader questions of Church policy on child safeguarding.
“I ask people to read the document for themselves and to evaluate it objectively. I believe it will contribute to the healing of those who have been hurt and also to a closer working together of all concerned with the safeguarding of children.”
This morning, 3 September 2011, Monsignor Ettore Balestrero, Under-Secretary for Relations with States, met with Ms. Helena Keleher, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the Embassy of Ireland to the Holy See, and consigned to her the Holy See’s Response to the Irish Government.
It is also distressing, he said, that the faith of many people has been further damaged by what has been revealed in these reports.
“It is particularly heartening that it was the work of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church that drew public attention to practices that were of concern.”
“This Report reminds us again of the need to remain vigilant and self critical to ensure that there can be no recurrence of these past disgraceful failings.”