Meeting with victims is significant says Vatican ahead of Pope’s visit BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The Vatican has insisted that the meeting in Dublin between the Pope and Irish survivors of clerical abuse does have vital meaning. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/meeting-with-victims-is-significant-says-vatican-ahead-of-popes-visit-37249985.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article37224388.ece/fcacf/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_f5d095c3-fafa-4efb-8223-851dd763f473_1 Email The Vatican has insisted that the meeting in Dublin between the Pope and Irish survivors of clerical abuse does have vital meaning. It came as senior Church officials refused to publicly criticise Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for his intervention in the controversy over how the Church dealt with abuse cases. Mr Varadkar, in an eve-of-papal visit comment, said that the Church must now admit its sins and face up to historic abuse issues. The Taoiseach said he welcomed comments from Pope Francis about the controversy – but he said the first thing he will tell the pontiff after welcoming him to Ireland is that actions must follow words. “We don’t know it (the true scale of the abuse scandal) from the Church admitting its own sins,” Mr Varadkar said. “I think that would be a very good place to start.” The Vatican insisted that the Dublin meeting offered by Pope Francis to a number of abuse survivors was very significant. The meeting is private,… Read full this story
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