Media Excerpt

Clergy Abuse in Ireland

A. W. Richard Sipe
in Bless me Father for I Have Sinned
Thomas G. Plante, Editor; Praeger

Rome. March 1994.  I asked an official of one of the nine Vatican congregations why Rome has not been more forthcoming and helpful in dealing with the problem of sexual abuse in the United States. I received a clear response: "The Vatican does not understand America. Rome does not understand why the American Bishops cannot control the media and the courts." I am assured that Ireland and Italy are prominent among the areas where bishops are in control.