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Vatican's refusal to assist report raises questions

If the Papal Nuncio had contributed, as requested, to the deliberations of the Murphy Commission investigation into the Dublin and Cloyne dioceses, the response of the Holy See to the Cloyne Report might not have been cast so heavily to limit reputational damage, rather than minimising the risk to children.

The Papal Nuncio's refusal to collaborate on this vital matter must demand a fundamental analysis by the Republic's government of the diplomatic relationship with the Vatican.

The fact that Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is compelled, after the publication of the response, to remind us of the existence of individuals in pivotal influential roles in Ireland and the Vatican, whose disposition is to ignore guidelines, begs the question why this response was not accompanied by radical changes in Church leadership.

MYLES DUFFY

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