Irish bishops travel to Rome for meeting with Pope
Members of the Irish hierarchy are travelling to Rome this weekend ahead of meetings on Monday and Tuesday with the Pope and senior Vatican figures over the handling of clerical sexual abuse by the Irish Church.
The meetings in Rome, which will take place on 15-16 February, follow in the wake of the publication of the Murphy Report on the handling of allegations of clerical sexual abuse by the Archdiocese of Dublin last November.
Following the fall-out from the report, the Pope announced he would be issuing a pastoral letter to the Church in Ireland.
The former bishop of Limerick, Dr Donal Murray, who resigned in December over criticisms of him in the Murphy report, as well as Bishop John Magee of Cloyne whose powers of governance were removed last year, will not attend the meetings in Rome.
On Friday, a group representing survivors of clerical and institutional abuse met with the Archbishop of Dublin.
They presented Dr Diarmuid Martin with a letter from survivors of abuse to be delivered to the Pope in Rome.
Campaigners for survivors are calling for the Church to fully recognise and admit to its failure to protect children in its care.
They also want the issue of redress for victims to be finalised. Groups representing survivors of clerical sex abuse want the Vatican to provide €1bn in compensation for victims.
The one-page letter to the Pope was signed by ‘Right to Peace’, ‘Right of Place’ and ‘Alliance Victim Support Group’.
The groups say former residents of religious-run institutions were angry at the “less than full apology or expression of horror” by the Pope following the Ryan Report.