Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pope, Irish bishops plan summit on child abuse

Last updated January 20, 2010 1:57 a.m. PT

Pope, Irish bishops plan summit on child abuse

DUBLIN -- Roman Catholic officials in Ireland say the country's bishops are being summoned next month to a Vatican summit with Pope Benedict XVI to shape the pontiff's response to Irish child-abuse scandals.

Two church officials have told The Associated Press that Irish bishops have received letters this month from the pope inviting them to a Feb. 15-16 meeting. The officials spoke on condition they not be identified because the Vatican has yet to announce the event.

Irish government-ordered investigations published last year documented decades of Catholic coverups of child abuse within the Dublin Archdiocese and residences for troubled children. Four bishops implicated in the Dublin report have resigned for failing to tell police about abuse cases.

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