Monday, 13 September 2010

Cardinal Cormac to begin Irish abuse enquiry after papal visit to the UK

The Guardian has the story. The retired Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (photo), who has been put in charge of the Vatican investigation into the Irish Church's failures over clerical sex abuse, will begin the probe "within weeks" of the Pope's departure from the UK.

Gary O'Sullivan, editor of the Irish Catholic, said Ireland had not seen such a high-powered delegation, some of whom are in line to become cardinals, since the Norman conquest. "This is a very high-powered group of Vatican officials who are coming here to look over the workings of the church. You can compare it to top people in, say, IBM's global headquarters coming over to a country where one of its branches is based to sort out some problems there."