Published Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 8:07 AM
Updated Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 8:24 AM
By DARA KELLY IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
In a strongly worded editorial the Boston Globe has stated that Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley now has a much tougher task as a main Vatican overseer for the Catholic church crisis there because the Vatican reinstated two fired bishops.
In May, the Vatican announced that Cardinal O’Malley, head of the Archdiocese of Boston, would make an apostolic visitation to the Archdiocese of Dublin this fall to explore questions concerning the handling of cases of abuse and the assistance owed to the victims.
The Globe said now the bishops’ unexpected reinstatement by the Vatican is being seen as a complicating factor that could undo most aspects of the Cardinal’s project.
The editorial claimed that firstly it is being seen as slap at Martin, who has won praise from victim’s rights advocates in Ireland for his strong efforts to steer the church away from practices that allowed abuse to occur and go unpunished.
Secondly they said it complicates Cardinal O’Malley’s task, since his efforts are likely to be hamstrung if the Vatican is believed to be undermining the authority of Martin.
The Boston Globe stated that In the wake of Irish government shocking reports detailing hundreds of cases of child sex-abuse and cover-up’s by church leaders, the two auxiliary bishops initially resisted demands they resign but acted after the archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, failed to support them.
They noted that in May, Martin welcomed the appointment of O’Malley as the church in Dublin under his leadership confronts the whole truth of its history and undertakes what they have been calling a period of conversion, purification, and renewal.
But the newspaper says to many critics those words of hope and promise are now contradicted by the Vatican’s bluntly delivered message of the same old tolerance for cover-ups and failed leaders.