Vatican Tried to Keep Irish Child Rapist As Priest

DUBLIN (AP) - The chapter, released Friday, details how Dublin leaders ordered Catholic priest Tony Walsh defrocked in 1993 following 15 years of child-abuse complaints.

But the Vatican overruled the verdict and ordered him sent to an Irish monastery instead.

Rome relented in 1996 after police opened a criminal probe and
Walsh attacked a boy in a pub restroom following a family funeral.

Walsh was imprisoned for raping boys last week.

The Dublin Archdiocese investigation, published last year, found
that Catholic officials shielded dozens of priests from prosecution
for decades.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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