BOSTON (AP) — Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley is in Ireland conducting a Vatican-commissioned assessment of the Archdiocese of Dublin’s response to sexual abuse.

The cardinal also is helping to preside over a service of repentance that was partly written by abuse victims.

O’Malley has been praised for how he has handled abuse scandals, apologizing, leading liturgical rituals, settling lawsuits and changing policies. He led three dioceses racked by scandal.

In 2006, he led a series of Novena services in nine Boston-area parishes with histories of abuse. And in 2008, O’Malley arranged a meeting between abuse survivors from Boston and Pope Benedict XVI when he presented the pope with a hand-lettered book listing the first names of 1,476 abuse victims.

Still, critics say the Boston Archdiocese has failed to publish a promised list of credibly accused priests.

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Comments (5)
  1. Ellen says:

    What ticks me off is that no one in the Vatican ever expressed anger on what happen. You can say all the novenas you want, but at the same time these bishops are missing the mark when none of them show anger or disgust. Hello, the laity is really pist off by this, and we would love to see some of that anger coming from the men in robes.

  2. Stephen Gitmo says:

    This Cardinal is a real dope. He should be doing the work of Christ by tending his flock back home, insuring that closed churches re-open, and helping Catholics here who have gone astray. Instead, he wants to be a child sex scandal ambassador. This Cardinal should start reading the Holy Bible and act like a priest instead of a traveling psycho-therapist.

  3. John Shuster says:

    The Roman Catholic priesthood is a highly sexed culture and a predominantly gay profession. There are so many layers of sexual intrigue, sex crimes and silent victims that if the truth really came out people would stop giving money to the church. Church leadership wants to keep everyone away from this core reality. They will never be angry about this situation, but they will always be afraid that people will find out and act accordingly.

  4. jaygee says:

    Why would the Vatican send O’Malley to Ireland to wash the feet of the victims abused by priests? Perhaps the well protected Cardinal Law should have left his cushy digs in Rome to perform such a rite.The real problem here is that there are many in the top echelon of the Catholic church who contiue to protect the pedophiles and truly believe that praying for the children will solve all of the problems, They should realize that prayers are rarely answered.

  5. geard says:

    CATHOLICABUSESURVIVORSNI.COM—– no-one has exposed the child sex abuse scandal committed by the roman catholic churches religious orders in northern ireland this papal puppet is a hypocrite and a liar , the state funded childrens homes on papal owned land run by the nazi troops of rome , who raped, abused, beat ,and tortured the most vunerable of innocent of children , have now been refused a public inquiry and compensation by the new sinndupfein stormont executive ,who impose the westminister thatcherite policies then once apposed as an athema, more files police statements and records now exist than the beachboys since the investigation began in 1979 continuing today in 2012, EXPOSE NORTHEN IRELAND THE UNFENCED NAZI CAMP OF EUROPE,

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