Call for expulsion of papal nuncio

 

CHURCH OF IRELAND:A CHURCH of Ireland clergyman has called for the expulsion from Ireland of the papal nuncio, Archbishop Giuseppe Leanzato, over the Vatican’s failure to co-operate with the Dublin commission.

Canon Stephen Neill, son of the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin the Most Rev John Neill, also called for there to be criminal investigations into all church and State officials named in the commission report.

Canon Neill, who is rector in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary, and who uncovered US president Barack Obama’s Irish roots, said: “We should expel the papal nuncio who, along with his colleagues in the Vatican, including the pope and his predecessors, has demonstrated absolute contempt for the legal authorities of this State.”

In his blog paddyanglican, he continued: “They have actively frustrated and subverted the criminal investigation of clerical child abuse through non-co-operation and non-disclosure . . .

“If any other nation’s representatives had facilitated this, we would have no qualms about sending them packing. Our actions now will demonstrate whether this State has truly broken free from the shackles of the Vatican.”