Vatican tried to protect paedophile priest, Dublin abuse report shows
By HENRY MCDONALD - GUARDIAN.CO.UK
Added: Sat, 18 Dec 2010 05:56:36 UTC
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Father Tony Walsh, imprisoned for raping boys last week, named in report as one of worst child abusers in Dublin archdiocese
The Vatican tried to stop Irish church leaders from defrocking a paedophile priest whose abusive behaviour was known about from the early 1970s, a previously censored chapter from a report on clerical child abuse in Dublin revealed today.
Father Tony Walsh, who was imprisoned for raping boys last week, is named in the report as one of the worst child abusers in the Dublin archdiocese.
The chapter describes how church leaders ordered the defrocking of Walsh in 1993 after receiving complaints of abuse over 15 years. The Vatican overruled the verdict and ordered him to be sent to an Irish monastery instead.
Walsh was finally dismissed in 1996 after police opened a criminal investigation and he attacked a boy in a pub lavatory after a family funeral.
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