Vatican To Publish Child Abuse Report

A Vatican report of the child abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is to be published in Rome today.

Teams of Vatican-appointed foreign church leaders have compiled the report following visits to Ireland. It is expected to impose greater orthodoxy on seminaries, to report on the church’s dealings with survivors of abuse and the current child protection policies.

It is a report originally promised two years ago by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Pope expressed horror and dismay in the wake of the Ryan and Murphy reports, which revealed a 70-year history child abuse by a significant number of priests, brothers and nuns and cover-ups by their religious superiors.

The Pope assigned six teams to formally assess the implications of the abuse scandals in each of the country's four archdioceses, in religious orders and congregations based in Ireland and abroad.

Some of the teams met victims and concerned Catholics in advertised locations, as well as individual survivors behind closed doors.


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