Towards the “healing”

The Apostolic Visitation will take place in the Fall: the announcement by the Holy See

“A fraternal assistance” which “the Holy See intends to offer to the Bishops, clergy, religious and lay faithful as they seek to respond adequately to the situation caused by the tragic cases of abuse perpetrated by priests and religious upon minors. It is also intended to contribute to the desired spiritual and moral renewal that is already being vigorously pursued by the Church in Ireland.” On May 31 the Vatican issued a press release announcing that following the Holy Father’s Letter to the Catholics of Ireland, the Apostolic Visitation of certain Irish dioceses, seminaries and religious congregations will begin in autumn of this year. “The Apostolic Visitors – states the Vatican’s communiqué – will set out to explore more deeply questions concerning the handling of cases of abuse and the assistance owed to the victims they will monitor the effectiveness of and seek possible improvements to the current procedures for preventing abuse”. The point of reference will be the the Pontifical Motu Proprio “Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela” and the norms contained in Safeguarding Children commissioned and produced by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church. The Visit will begin in four diocese in Ireland (Armagh, Dublin, Cashel and Emly, Tuam) and will then be extended to some other dioceses. The Apostolic Visitors. The Visitors named by the Holy Father for the dioceses are: His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Emeritus Archbishop of Westminster, for the Archdiocese of Armagh; His Eminence Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, for the Archdiocese of Dublin; the Most Reverend Thomas Christopher Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, for the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly; the Most Reverend Terrence Thomas Prendergast, Archbishop of Ottawa, for the Archdiocese of Tuam. The Apostolic Visitation of the Irish seminaries, including the Pontifical Irish College in Rome is motivated by the Holy See’s desire “to accompany the process of renewal of houses of formation for the future priests of the Church in Ireland”. The Most Reverend Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has been named Apostolic Visitor. The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life will organize the visitation of religious houses. It will conduct an enquiry by means of a questionnaire to be sent to all the Superiors of religious institutes present in Ireland, with a view to “providing an accurate picture of the current situation and formulating plans for the observance and improvement of the norms contained in the guidelines. The Apostolic Visitors will be: the Reverend Joseph Tobin, CSsR and the Reverend Gero McLaughlin SJ for institutes of men; Sister Sharon Holland IHM and Sister Mairin McDonagh RJM for institutes of women.Men of experience. Learning that the Holy Father appointed him Apostolic Visitor Card. Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Emeritus Archbishop of Westminster , expressed his hope that: “the Apostolic Visitation will provide the Holy See with a thorough analysis of the Catholic Church in Ireland and its safeguarding procedures and protocols. Putting the safeguarding of children and all vulnerable people at the heart of every aspect of the Church’s life is essential”. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor was the architect of the Nolan Report, – a report published in 2001 by Lord Nolan which examined and reviewed the arrangements for child protection and the prevention of abuse within the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The report contained 83 recommendations about how the Church should prevent child abuse from occurring within the Catholic community in England and Wales and to ensure that where abuse is disclosed or suspected, the Church deals with it properly. All 83 recommendations were implemented by the 22 dioceses of England and Wales. In the process of renewal. The archbishop of Dublin Msgr. Diarmuid Martin looks forward “to receiving the Formal document which will define the nature and the precise terms and objectives of the Visitation”. The Visitation “is an important element in the broad process being set in place by Pope Benedict to assist the Catholic Church in Ireland in its renewal”. Archbishop Martin welcomes in particular the announcement that the Visitation is being asked to evaluate the current response to victims and the quality of the assistance which the Church in Ireland owes to survivors”. The Archbishop “warmly welcomes the nomination of Cardinal Sean O’ Malley Archbishop of Boston, as Apostolic Visitor to the Archdiocese of Dublin” and highlights His Eminence’s experience and personal commitment “which render him particularly suited to perform this office. The voice of the bishops. In a note, the bishops convey the appreciation of the Irish Episcopacy. It is “an expression of the personal closeness of Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholics of Ireland” and “represents one more important step on the path to healing, reparation and renewal in the Church in Ireland. We pledge our full co-operation”. “The Apostolic Visitation will be an opportunity to further develop the work that is being undertaken in the Church in Ireland to address the needs of survivors of abuse, to build upon the strong procedures and guidelines for the safeguarding of children and to work for a renewal of faith”.

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