Prelates in historic court clash

The Former Archbishop of Dublin has successfully appealed to Ireland's High Court to prevent his successor from releasing documents on the Church's treatment of sexual abuse by clergy.

Catholic World News reports Cardinal Desmond Connell (pictured) persuaded the court to issue an injunction stopping Archbishop Diarmuid Martin from handing over 5000 document to an investigation.

The documents have been requested by an independent panel, the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation, headed by Judge Yvonne Murphy.

Archbishop Martin says he is willing to waive claims to confidentiality regarding the documents.

However, Cardinal Connell argues he had waived his own claims to confidentiality, which he should still obtain since the documents cover Church conduct during his tenure as head of the Dublin archdiocese.

The High Court is scheduled to weigh the arguments of the two prelates at a session next week.

A spokesman for the Dublin Archdiocese said the archbishop and Cardinal Connell maintain friendly ties despite their disagreement over the legal issues.

Irish prelates clash on release of abuse documents (Catholic World News 01/02/08)

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4 Feb 2008