Irish Catholic chief, pope to discuss abuse report

AP News
Posted: Dec 05, 2009 1:49 PM

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland says he will meet Pope Benedict XVI next week to discuss a devastating report that found the church covered up clerical child abuse for decades.

Cardinal Sean Brady says he and Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin would meet the pontiff at the Vatican.

The report was published last month after a government-ordered investigation. It found that church leaders in the Dublin Archdiocese failed to inform authorities about sexual abuse by priests, while police failed to pursue allegations under the belief that church figures were above the law.

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Brady told broadcaster RTE on Saturday that the church had failed victims of the abuse, but now it was time "for action and accountability and taking of responsibility."