Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Time for Church to relinquish overall control

The reports of Murphy and Ryan on the child abuse by clergy and others from the Catholic Church culminating in 'some' priests having to resign, is not enough.

How can the Pope claim to be the head of the Catholic Church and sit back and wait for resignations from such vile clergy is beyond me.

Surely the procedure he should have adopted was a root-and-branch clear-out of every priest/nun that violated the childhood of tens of thousands of innocent children by insisting on making it a criminal matter, then aiding the legal authorities to bring these people to court.

Perhaps the time has come for the Catholic Church to relinquish overall control and delegate local responsibility, with a mandatory duty to make such future matters a criminal issue.

This would, in some way, remove responsibility from the Catholic Church and, at the same time, guarantee some form of justice for the victims.

HARRY STEPHENSON

Kircubbin, Co Down

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