Fergus Finlay article on yesterday's Irish Examiner

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Fergus Finlay article on yesterday's Irish Examiner

Post by peter63 » Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:30 pm

Fergus Finlay calling to an end to the special treatment afforded to the pope's ambassador:
Let me tell you what I mean. The Holy See occupies a distinct and unusual place in the lives of some countries. A practice has grown up, reflective of a special relationship but also of the power and influence of the church, whereby the Papal Nuncio – Rome’s ambassador – is actually recognised as the head of the diplomatic corps in the country. Although under international law (there’s a Vienna convention on diplomatic relations that governs all this) seniority among ambassadors is supposed to be determined by length of service, countries are allowed to make an exception to this – if they want to – for the Ambassador of the Holy See.

IRELAND is one of those countries. The Ambassador of the Holy See in Ireland is always the head, or dean, of the diplomatic corps resident in this country. The present nuncio, Archbishop Leanza, was only appointed to Ireland last year. In fact he’s one of the most junior diplomats in the country. But when the President of Ireland receives the diplomatic corps, or at any diplomatic function in the country, the Papal Nuncio has to be regarded as more important. Our relationships with the USA, Britain and the EU are all more important – and more positive – but their ambassadors must be treated as inferior to the ambassador from the Vatican.

If that were to change – if the Pope’s ambassador were to be treated as just the same as any other – the Vatican would regard that as an affront and an insult. It would be seen, in their terms, as a serious and grave statement about the nature of the relationship between Ireland and Rome. We need to make that statement.

The Vatican abused the special place it has in our foreign relations. Instead of offering help and sustenance to a country that needed to find out the truth about abuse, it has spurned proper and appropriate enquiries about a vital subject. It has forfeited the right to any special treatment. If we really respect the people abused by those who held offices of trust in the church, we’ll end that special treatment now.

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Re: Fergus Finlay article on yesterday's Irish Examiner

Post by ctr » Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:21 pm

You know I really like Fergus.

On a number of issues lately he has nailed it.
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Re: Fergus Finlay article on yesterday's Irish Examiner

Post by Citizen Wolf » Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:28 am

A caller to the Joe Duffy show last week make an excellent suggestion - recall the Irish ambassador to the Vatican and expell their representative here. This needs to be done in order to highlight the disgust of the Irish people to the way the Catholic church have hidden and protected sexual offenders over decades. The behaviour of the Vatican towards Ireland by not even bothering, or perhaps more correctly, by deliberately and calculatingly not replying to requests for information on the subject is a crime. Protecting sexual offenders is a crime and the Vatican are guilty of this by their silence.

I agree with that caller, we should push for the recall of our ambassador.
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