(AP) — The Vatican on Saturday vigorously rejected claims it sabotaged
efforts by Irish bishops to report priests who sexually abused children
to police and accused the Irish prime minister of making an "unfounded"
attack against the Holy See.
officials defended their claims that the Vatican exacerbated the abuse
crisis and criticized the Holy See for offering an overly "legalistic"
response to the scandal.
Vatican issued a 24-page response to the Irish government following
Prime Minister Enda Kenny's unprecedented July 20 denunciation of the
Vatican's handling of abuse — a speech that was cheered by abuse-weary
Irish Catholics but stunned the Vatican and prompted it to recall its
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