The Taoiseach Enda Kenny

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Catholic Church in Ireland: Any other organisation, revealed to have had, over decades, an official policy of covering up such vile crimes would be disbanded, its leaders put on trial, its assets seized. No decent person would want anything to do with it. Rupert Murdoch felt in necessary to close the News of the World. Even now, even in Ireland, no-one is quite suggesting that fate for the Roman Catholic church. Read more:

Two days ago I had the entry “Irish premier makes severe accusations against Vatican” 2011 Jul 21 (4) and today I read some more about this news item.

There I came across the word Taoiseach and it looked to me as if it was a further first name of the person but I then looked it up and finally found the following dictionary entry: Taoiseach [te’eshek] Irish prime minister: the prime minister of the Republic of Ireland [Mid-20th century. < Irish, ‘chief, leader’]

So here now follow some quotes from what I read today about the Taoiseach:

Irish prime minister slams Vatican over child sex abuse.

Ireland's prime minister has launched a stinging attack on the Vatican, a week after a report said the Catholic Church in Ireland did not take serious steps to stamp out child abuse by priests, even after the scandal blew up worldwide.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny said the Cloyne report, focused on the area around the southern city of Cork, had exposed the Vatican as seeking to frustrate an inquiry into child sex abuse for its own benefit.

"The rape and torture of children were downplayed or 'managed' to uphold, instead, the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and reputation," he told Ireland's lower house of parliament, or Dail, as it debated a motion on the report.

Vatican ’stung’ by Irish PM Enda Kenny’s rebuke. Holy See reeling from Taoiseach’s amazing attack.

Enda Kenny launched an unprecedented attack on the Vatican.

Irish premier’s Cloyne Report speech grabs headlines around world.

Knives will be out for the Irish government soon enough.

Irish premier Kenny attacks Pope’s child rape stance.

The Vatican has been “stung” by Irish premier Enda Kenny’s unprecedented condemnation of the Holy See over its attempts to cover up sexual abuse in the diocese of Cloyne.

Well-placed sources in Rome last night revealed senior prelates in the Roman Curia were working on a “considered response” to the Cloyne report demanded by the Irish government.

“But clearly they have been stung by Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s unprecedented cogent criticism on Wednesday that they were steeped in a climate of ‘narcissism’,” one source said.

The Vatican’s retreat into silence came after the Pope’s spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, inflamed the row on Tuesday when he said it was his personal opinion that there was nothing in the advice given by the papal nuncio in 1997 to encourage bishops to break Irish laws.

Rome came under further fire throughout yesterday as more politicians, senior church figures in Ireland and survivors’ groups came out in support of Mr Kenny’s hardline stance.

Fine Gael Senator Martin Conway said he was ashamed, as a Catholic, of what had gone on in the church, and called on the entire hierarchy of the Catholic Church to resign in the wake of revelations in the Cloyne report into child sex abuse.

He said such a move would allow a new team to take on the leadership of the church.

Mr Martin also said Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Dail speech about that report on Thursday had shown he was “plugged in to the pulse of the people” and that he understood the absolute horror at what had happened in the Diocese of Cloyne.

Further firing power was directed at the Holy See when Carlow-based cleric Fr PJ Madden, a prominent member of the Association of Catholic priest, spoke out in favour of “an impressive” Mr Kenny in his trial of strength against Pope Benedict VI.

“It is about time that some Irish leaders challenged the pretensions of the Vatican.”

American Survivors of Abuse said no high-ranking government official anywhere in the world has denounced atrocities committed by church officials the way Mr Kenny has.

Survivors support group One In Four said it has received an overwhelmingly positive response to Mr Kenny’s speech.

Irish premier’s Cloyne Report speech grabs headlines around the world.

When Enda Kenny stood up in the Dail on Wednesday to deliver a speech on the publication of the Cloyne Report, it’s hard to imagine anybody anticipated either its content or the reaction to it, both in Ireland and across the globe.

In less than 48 hours, more than 1,000 articles have been published in over 800 publications in 64 countries around the world, referencing the Taoiseach’s speech.

Enda Kenny has delivered a historic condemnation of the Vatican for attempting to cover up the sexual abuse of children.

In an unprecedented departure from previously diplomatic church-State relations, Mr Kenny directly accused the Catholic hierarchy of downplaying the rape of children to protect its own power and reputation.

Mr Kenny delivered a hallmark Dail address on behalf of the Government. He highlighted how the recent report into abuse in the Cloyne diocese highlighted the “dysfunction, disconnection, elitism…the narcissism…that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day”.

He said: “The rape and torture of children were downplayed or ‘managed’ to uphold instead, the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and ‘reputation’.”

The uncompromising tone of Mr Kenny’s speech is certain to send shockwaves through the Catholic hierarchy and the Vatican. Ireland has traditionally had a subservient relationship with the Holy See.

It will also be widely welcomed by victims of clerical abuse, who have reacted with dismay to Rome’s muted denials that clergy were told not to report abuse claims.

After delivering the strongest speech in his tenure as Taoiseach – and possible his career – Mr Kenny spoke passionately about how “the revelations of the Cloyne Report have brought the Government, Irish Catholics and the Vatican to an unprecedented juncture”.

“Clericalism has rendered some of Ireland’s brightest, most privileged and powerful men, either unwilling or unable to address the horrors cited in the Ryan and Murphy reports.” He added.

Mr Kenny hit out at the Vatican’s reaction to the harrowing evidence given by victims of clerical abuse, which he said was “parsed and analysed by a canon lawyer”.

“For the first time it is described in a report about child abuse that the Holy See has tried to hinder investigations in a sovereign republic”, said Kenny in view of a report of a government commission introduced last week.

Good for Ireland. The traditionally Catholic country - still (wrongly) viewed in cliche as a devout nation of unquestioning churchgoers - has finally had it with empty words and vacuous apologies.

This week, in a unanimous parliamentary denunciation, Irish lawmakers blamed the Vatican for encouraging Irish bishops to not report suspected abusive priests to the police - thus defying Irish law and permitting the victimization to continue.

… in this country that has been left reeling by the depth and breadth of the scandal's sickening revelations, the response from Rome has been largely a reliance on canon law - and, effectively, a vast criminal coverup.

No wonder the Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, spoke angrily of "the dysfunction, disconnection, elitism - and the narcissism - that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day."

Let the example of tiny Ireland be an international model.

Like Ireland, no nation should shy away from telling harsh truths about an institutional culture that, on this file, has turned all the forces of its labyrinthine secrecy to selfprotection - at the expense of justice, morality and countless destroyed human lives.

The Taoiseach was moving an all-party motion that “deplores the Vatican’s intervention which contributed to the undermining of the child protection frameworks and guidelines of the Irish state and the Irish bishops”.

As Ireland is a 90 per cent Catholic country, you might assume that there could be some political risk in so eviscerating the Holy See. Yet Kenny is in fact playing to gallery: his speech merely reflects the ferocious public anger at the Catholic Church.

In the wake of the publication of the Cloyne report last week, senior Irish politicians have called for the expulsion of the papal nuncio to Ireland.

There was, at any rate, something histrionic about Enda Kenny's phraseology, as though he were not merely drawing attention to a series of institutional failings but mounting a one-man Reformation. In words that might have been written by Ian Paisley, this practising Catholic condemned "the dysfunction, disconnection, elitism, the narcissism that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day"; spoke of Ireland's "abhorrence" of Vatican policy and actions; and denounced "the delinquency and arrogance... of a particular kind of 'morality'" which the institutional Church represents.

Any other organisation, revealed to have had, over decades, an official policy of covering up such vile crimes would be disbanded, its leaders put on trial, its assets seized. No decent person would want anything to do with it. Rupert Murdoch felt in necessary to close the News of the World. Even now, even in Ireland, no-one is quite suggesting that fate for the Roman Catholic church.

 

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