Headlines around the world this week have reported that Irish broadcaster RTE obtained a 1997 letter from the Vatican that instructed Irish bishops not to report child sex abuse by priests to the police. According to the letter, "the situation of 'mandatory reporting' gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and a canonical nature."
Survivors are calling this the "smoking gun" that proves the Vatican's complicity in the abuse cover-up. They are right, but that is not the whole story with this letter.
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