Church in Ireland âhas lost all its credibilityâ, says Archbishop of Canterbury
By RUTH GLEDHILL - TIMESONLINE
Added: Fri, 02 Apr 2010 23:00:00 UTC
The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has lost all credibility because of the child abuse scandal, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.
In a rare breach of ecumenical protocol, Dr Rowan Williams criticised the Catholic Church over its handling of the paedophile priests crisis and made plain his anger over the Popeâs plans for a new ordinariate to tempt dissatisfied Anglicans over to Rome.
His comments will add to the cloud gathering over the Popeâs four-day visit to Britain in September, when he is expected to give an address in Westminster on moral values in society. More than 10,000 people have signed a âProtest the Popeâ petition on Downing Streetâs website against the Â£15 million cost of the visit, which is to be shared by the Government and the Church.
The Vaticanâs troubles mounted when Pope Benedict XVIâs personal preacher likened criticism of the Church over the sex abuse scandal to âcollective violenceâ suffered by the Jews. At a Good Friday ceremony at St Peterâs Basilica, Father Raniero Cantalamessa told the congregation, with the Pope listening, that a Jewish friend had said that the accusations reminded him of the âmore shameful aspects of anti-Semitismâ.
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