At Vatican Summit, Pope Rebukes Irish Bishops Over Child Sex Abuse Scandal Pope Benedict XVI scolded Irish bishops at the end of a two-day Vatican summit called to discuss the decades of clerics' sexual abuse of minors in Ireland. Despite his condemnation of the abuse, the pope did not address victims' demands for the resignations of some bishops.
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Pope Rebukes Irish Bishops Over Abuse Scandal

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Pope Rebukes Irish Bishops Over Abuse Scandal

Pope Rebukes Irish Bishops Over Abuse Scandal

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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports from Rome.

SYLVIA POGGIOLI: At a later press conference with some Irish bishops, these omissions prompted numerous tough questions. John Cooney of the Irish Independent asked Bishop Denis Brennan for his reaction to the victims' anger.

JOHN COONEY: Already in Ireland, the victims are on radio saying that this meeting has been a complete failure.

DENIS BRENNAN: The victims were central to all of our discussions in these days, and the victims remain our top priority.

POGGIOLI: The Murphy Report came just seven months after another investigation revealed chronic beatings, rapes, near starvation and humiliation of 30,000 children in schools and orphanages all run by the Catholic Church in Ireland. Irish clergy acknowledged their responsibility for seriously mismanaging the crisis. Bishop Joseph Duffy said one problem was lack of communication among the bishops themselves.

JOSEPH DUFFY: We are coming from a culture of secrecy and confidentiality, which admittedly was overemphasized in the past.

POGGIOLI: Cardinal Sean Brady said he raised the issue with top Vatican officials. This is what he was told.

SEAN BRADY: This is not the practice that a nuncio should appear before a parliamentary committee.

POGGIOLI: Sylvia Poggioli, NPR News, Rome.

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