Vatican letter to the Apostolic Nonclature in Ireland, Dublin Ireland, 31 January 1997
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Apostolic Nunclature in Ireland N. 808/97
Dublin, 31 January 1997 Strictly Confidential
The Congregation of the Clergy has attentively studied the complex question of sexual abuse of minors by clerics and the document entitled “Child Sexual Abuse Framework for a Church Response”, published by the Irish Catholic Bishops Advisory Committee.
The Congregation wishes to emphasis the need for this document to conform to the canonical norms presently in force.
The text however, contains “procedures and dispositions which appears contrary to canonical discipline and which, if applied, could invalidate the acts of some Bishops who are attempting to put a stop to these problems. If such procedures were to be followed by the Bishops and there were cases of eventual hierarchical recourse lodged at the Holy See, the results could be highly embarrassing and detrimental to those serve Diocesan authorities.
In particular, the situation of “mandatory reporting” gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and canonical nature.
Since the policy on sexual abuse in the English speaking world exhibit many of the same characteristics and procedures, the Congregation is involved in a global study of them. At the appropriate time, with the collaboration of the interested Episcopal Conferences and in dialogue with them, the Congregation will not be remiss in establishing some concrete directives with regard to these Policies.
To the members of the Irish Episcopal Conference
For these reasons and because the above mentioned text is not an official document of the Episcopal Conference but merely a study document I am directed to inform the individual Bishops of Ireland of the preoccupation of the Congregation in its regard, underlining that in the sad cases of accusations of sexual abuse by clerics, the procedures established by the Code of Canon Law must be meticulosly followed under pain of invalidity of the acts involved of the priest so punished were to make hierarchical recourse against his Bishop.
Asking you kindly let me know of the safe receipt of this letter and with the assurance of my custodial regard, I am
Yours sincerely in Christ
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