|Taoiseach Enda Kenny stands with Minister of State for the Diaspora and|
International Development TD Joe McHugh at the Irish Memorial in
Mr Kenny said the Church must “measure up to the responsibilities that they accepted”.
Speaking in Philadelphia, Mr Kenny said religious orders must “reflect on the seriousness of this” before they are forced to do so.
He was speaking after Health Minister Simon Harris said there is “significant merit” in looking at seizing hospital and school lands owned by the Church as a means of meeting the €1.6bn cost of sexual abuse redress payments.
Mr Harris said the failure of the Church to meet its commitments is “completely unacceptable” and called on Pope Francis to instruct religious orders here to “pay over and pay up”. (more...)