Brief Response from the ACP to the Vatican document
“The Association of Catholic Priests is happy to give a broad welcome to the Vatican summary of the report on the visitation of the Irish Church. We share the sense of regret and shame felt by the whole Church for the abuse of children that happened over the years, and we support the efforts that are being made to try to prevent this type of occurrence again.
From our particular perspective as an association for priests we especially welcome the call for a continued re-examination of the guidelines in relation to three difficult areas; the handling of cases of priests against whom allegations were made, but the DPP did not proceed with the case; the return to ministry of those falsely accused; the pastoral care of those who have been convicted of abuse. These were all issues that we raised with the visitors when we met them, and we are glad to see they were listening to us.”