Derry priest ‘not confident’ in Vatican

Fr. Michael Canny, Adm, St. Eugene's. (0403C44)

Fr. Michael Canny, Adm, St. Eugene's. (0403C44)

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A Derry priest says he’s not confident that the Vatican will implement the Catholic Church’s own child protection measures.

Fr Michael Canny was speaking after an unprecedented attack by Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the Vatican over its handling of clerical sex abuse.

Fr Canny, administrator, Templemore, said it appeared the Vatican was unable to change.

He added that priests shared the anger of lay Catholics over the church’s handling of abuse.

On Wednesday, Enda Kenny launched an attack in Dail Eireann on the Catholic Church.

Mr Kenny said the recent Cloyne Report into allegations of priest sex abuse showed change was needed.

In an unprecedented attack, the Taoiseach said the historic relationship between church and state in Ireland could not be the same again and the report exposed the “elitism, dysfunction, disconnection, and narcissism that dominated the Vatican”.

Meanwhile, one of Ireland’s most senior Catholic clerics says there are groups in the Vatican and the Irish hierarchy trying to undermine child protection measures.

Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin said there were systems in place that were ignored.

He said he was also “angry, ashamed and appalled” by those “who felt they were able to play tricks” and “by anybody who does that, whether they be in the Irish church, the Vatican or anybody else who faces child protection”.

“I’m very disappointed and annoyed. What do you do when you’ve got systems in place and somebody ignores them?” he said.

“What do you do when you have got groups either in the Vatican or in Ireland who try to undermine what is being done or simply refuse to understand what is being done.”