Brady in Rome Ahead of Vatican Investigation

October 6, 2010

Ireland's four most senior churchmen will meet Vatican officials in Rome on Wednesday to discuss the agenda for an investigation of Irish churches over alleged abuse.

The delegation, which includes Cardinal Sean Brady, are expected to argue that the two key issues will be the handling of child abuse by clergy and the examination of the formation regime in seminaries.

In March, Pope Benedict announced plans to send a high-powered delegation to Ireland to investigate devastating reports into the church's mishandling of allegations of sexual abuse made against priests.

The church says the purpose of the investigation, known as an "apostolic visitation," is to "offer assistance and to contribute to the spiritual and moral renewal of the Church in Ireland."

The visitation will "facilitate reflection, evaluation and review of Church life".

Cardinal Brady departed for Rome last month for meetings which will finalise preparations. He was joined on the trip by Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly Dermot Clifford, and Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary.

It is expected that the visitation will then take place soon afterwards. Members of the visitation party will report back their findings directly to the Pope.


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