“Ireland Stand Up” | Michael Kelly | Catholic World Report
96,000 postcards have been sent to Ireland’s prime minister protesting the closing of country’s Embassy to the Holy See.
The Irish Government is coming under increased pressure to reverse a controversial decision to close the country’s Embassy to the Holy See.
Dozens of parliamentarians – including many from the Fine Gael and Labour coalition parties - attended a meeting in Dublin January 18 called to highlight opposition to the closure and some 96,000 postcards have been sent to Prime Minister Enda Kenny by members of several different lay initiatives and individual Catholics protesting the move.
‘Ireland Stand Up’ is campaigning for the closure of the embassy to be reversed and for the Government to issue an invitation for Pope Benedict XVI to visit the country.
Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore announced in November 2011 that the Government had decided to close the Embassy to the Vatican citing pressure on government finances. However, it was widely regarded as a snub to the Holy See and to Pope Benedict XVI following a row over a judicial report into mishandling of abuse in the Cloyne Diocese.
The report – issued in July 2011 – said the Vatican had been “entirely unhelpful” to Irish bishops drawing up guidelines to tackle abuse. It cited a letter from then Papal Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Luciano Storero which told Irish bishops that an insistence on mandatory reporting of allegations might contravene Canon Law.
Prime Minister Kenny made an unprecedented attack accusing the Vatican of adopting a “calculated, withering position”. During a July 20 parliamentary debate, Mr. Kenny said the “Cloyne Report excavates the dysfunction, disconnection, elitism and the narcissism that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day,” he said.