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Abuse probe offended Vatican – Wikileaks

Updated: 09:25, Saturday, 11 December 2010

Disclosures by Wikileaks have shed new light on the tensions between the Government and the Vatican during the Murphy investigation into clerical child abuse.

Clerical Child Abuse – Wikileaks release highlights tensions

Disclosures by Wikileaks of diplomatic cables have shed new light on the tensions between the Government and the Vatican during the Murphy investigation into clerical child abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese.

A leaked cable from the US Embassy to the Holy See suggests that many in the Vatican were offended by requests for information from the Murphy Commission, which they saw as an affront to Vatican sovereignty.

The publication of the Murphy report in November 2009 caused much controversy, not least because it revealed that the Vatican had failed to reply to a request from the Murphy Commission for information relating to reports of clerical child abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese.

The cable, published by the Guardian newspaper today, claims that Vatican officials were angry that the Irish Government didn’t step in to direct the Murphy Commission to follow standard procedures in its communications with the Holy See.

In the end, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone, wrote to the Irish Embassy requesting that proper diplomatic channels be followed.

According to the leaked diplomatic cable, the Government decided not to press the Vatican on the issue.

Other leaked cables reveal the extent to which the Vatican attempts to exert its influence on the world stage, lobbying to keep Turkey out of the European Union, and arguing for a ban on human cloning.