When Ireland thumbs it’s nose…
If it wasn’t clear where the Vatican stands on any legal matters, then this remark from the Pope should make it clear:
Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the church.
In other words, “Secular laws do not apply to us.”
Our Taoiseach made a speech about this, it’s availablehere. He’s a practising Catholic, and for him to stand up and say all that, they must have finally gone too far (which they had already). It is not just a few bad apples – the institution as a whole is to blame.
This is not to say that ALL the members of the church are evil – far from it. But the upper levels of the hierarchy have only acted to cover their arses and protect the church. An example is this line:
opening up these cases to secular authorities “risked contravening canonical law”
NOBODY is above the law, or should be – but heads of religion seem to think they are.