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Irland stänger Vatikanenambassad

Irländska regeringen försäkrar att det inte har med den usla hanteringen av alla barnövergrepp inom kyrkan att göra, utan det handlar om ekonomi. Reuters rapporterar:

Dublin’s foreign ministry said the embassy was being closed because ”it yields no economic return” and that relations would be continued with an ambassador in Dublin.

The source said the Vatican was ”extremely irritated” by the wording equating diplomatic missions with economic return, particularly as the Vatican sees its diplomatic role as promoting human values.

”Human values”? Vem tror de att de kan lura (javisst ja – knappa två miljarder människor). Reuters tror för övrigt inte (heller) på Irländska regeringen utan ägnar stor del av artikeln med att diskutera barnövergreppen.

In July, the Vatican took the highly unusual step of recalling its ambassador to Ireland after Prime Minister Enda Kenny accused the Holy See of obstructing investigations into sexual abuse by priests.

The Irish parliament passed a motion deploring the Vatican’s role in ”undermining child protection frameworks” following publication of a damning report on the diocese of Cloyne.

The Cloyne report said Irish clerics concealed from the authorities the sexual abuse of children by priests as recently as 2009, after the Vatican disparaged Irish child protection guidelines in a letter to Irish bishops.

While Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore denied the embassy closure was linked to the row over sexual abuse, Rome-based diplomats said they believed it probably played a major role.

”All things being equal, I really doubt the mission to the Vatican would have been on the list to get the axe without the fallout from the sex abuse scandal,” one ambassador to the Vatican said, on condition of anonymity.

Läs mer i DN, SvD, Dagen eller hos Reuters.

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