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Aug
18
2011
Jeffrey R. Anderson | 11:31 AM          
Ireland Prime Minister calls on Vatican to come up with $2 billion for abuse survivors

Ireland has been abuzz with news in the last few weeks. First, after sharply denouncing the Vatican’s response to clergy sexual abuse in Ireland, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny is now calling on the Vatican for money. In support of a compensation bill that would create a fund to compensate victims of child sexual abuse, many of whom were abused in Catholic schools or homes, Kenny is asking the Vatican to contribute close to $2 billion.

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Jul
28
2011
Jeffrey R. Anderson | 2:37 PM          
Denial Extends to UK: Diocese Asks High Court for Unprecedented Absolution

The UK's high court heard the case of a woman this month, "JGE," who was six years old when she was sexually abused by a priest at a children’s home in Portsmouth, England. "JGE" was abused by Father Wilfred Baldwin, a priest in the Diocese of Portsmouth, who visited Firs children’s home regularly. In addition to her negligence claim against the nuns who ran Firs, "JGE" and her attorneys say that Fr. Baldwin was working as a priest in the Diocese, so the Diocese is also responsible.

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Jul
25
2011
Jeffrey R. Anderson | 11:01 AM          
It's About Time. Irish Prime Minister Denounces Vatican- Vatican Responds by Withdrawing its Irish Ambassador

News headlines resounded last week as Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny attacked the Vatican over its response to clergy sexual abuse.  Reacting to the Cloyne report, which exposed the Vatican’s cover-up, failures and astounding mishandling of child abuse by Irish clergy, Ireland’s Prime Minister expressed unprecedented public fury.   Kenny’s harsh words for the Vatican and top church officials revealed sentiments that are rarely, if ever, heard from civil leaders.  It’s about time.

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