Martin wants bishops to accept responsibility

Wednesday 02 December 2009 12.41
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Diarmuid Martin - Not happy with response of bishops named in the report
Diarmuid Martin - Not happy with response of bishops named in the report
Donal Murray - Facing calls for resignation
Donal Murray - Facing calls for resignation

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said that he is not happy with the response of bishops named in the report of the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.

In an interview with RTÉ News, Archbishop Martin said he is writing to Bishop of Limerick Donal Murray and others to say that their responses are a matter for the people of the Dublin Archdiocese and not their own dioceses.

Archbishop Martin said: 'Everybody has to stand up and accept responsibility for what they did.'

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A Dublin man who was sexually abused by a priest when he was an altar boy has said Bishop Murray should resign.

Mervyn Rundle was abused by Fr Tom Naughton in the mid 1980s.

Speaking on RTÉ's News At One, Mr Rundle said Bishop Murray should have done more to protect children from abuse.

He later received financial compensation and a High Court apology from Cardinal Desmond Connell.

The report found that Bishop Murray reacted inexcusably to one known case of clerical child abuse while he handled a number of complaints and suspicions badly.

Cowen says Vatican acted in 'good faith'

The Taoiseach has defended the Vatican's dealings with the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, saying its approach was consistent with normal diplomatic procedures.Vatican

Brian Cowen said he believes the Holy See acted in 'good faith' in its dealings with the Commission, even if the best outcome was not achieved.

The Vatican refused to deal directly with the Commission and advised the Irish Embassy to the Holy See that it could only work with the Government.

Mr Cowen told the Dáil that the Vatican inquired as to whether its message had been received by the Commission.

He said it was not unreasonable to assume that the Vatican would have been prepared to respond to requests for information through the proper channels.

On the failure of the Papal Nuncio to respond to requests for information, the Taoiseach said it was 'regrettable' that this gave the impression of non-cooperation.

In response to questions from the Opposition, Mr Cowen said the State's job is to ensure everyone is amenable before the law and that the report shows a 'horrific deficit of accountability'.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny said that people in positions of authority who knowingly moved paedophile priests from parish to parish should not continue in positions of authority.

Labour leader Eamon Gilmore asked if the remit of the Murphy report would be extended to other dioceses.