No res­ig­na­tions planned at sum­mit with Pope over sex­ual abuse scan­dal

Cape Breton Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY FRANCES D’EMILIO

was not in­tended to deal with the is­sue of res­ig­na­tions.

“Pre­cise ques­tions of res­ig­na­tion is not on the agenda of the bish­ops be­cause that is not our pre­rog­a­tive,” Duffy told re­porters.

He said the sum­mit would deal with the “enor­mous in­jus­tice and cru­elty” to the vic­tims and the Ir­ish faith­ful at large.

In the Dublin re­port, in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mined that a suc­ces­sion of arch­bish­ops and se­nior aides had com­piled con­fi­den­tial files on more than 100 parish priests who had sex­u­ally abused chil­dren since 1940. The files had re­mained locked in the Dublin arch­bishop’s pri­vate vault.

The re­ports fol­low a cam­paign by the arch­bishop of Dublin and pri­mate of Ire­land, Diar­muid Martin, to con­front abuse al­le­ga­tions and deal hon­estly with the coverup and vic­tims’ suf­fer­ing. Martin, who heads the Holy See’s of­fice on jus­tice, had wel­comed the bish­ops’ res­ig­na­tions last year.

But Gal­way’s Dren­nan, in­sist­ing he did noth­ing to en­dan­ger chil­dren, has clung to his of­fice.

Dren­nan and the other sum­mit par­tic­i­pants will each have seven min­utes to have their say be­fore the Pope, who will lis­ten to the Ir­ish prelates in group ses­sions Mon­day and Tues­day.

Among the Holy See of­fi­cials join­ing the sum­mit is William Car­di­nal Le­vada from the United States, who heads the Con­gre­ga­tion for the Doc­trine of the Faith, a key Vat­i­can of­fice that re­views abuse claims against clergy world­wide. The Pope him­self once held the of­fice, when he was known as Joseph Car­di­nal Ratzinger. HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — Two huge waves swept away spec­ta­tors watch­ing a North­ern Cal­i­for­nia surf­ing con­test Satur­day morn­ing, caus­ing bro­ken bones and other in­juries to peo­ple stand­ing on a sea­wall.

Fif­teen peo­ple had sig­nif­i­cant in­juries, in­clud­ing bro­ken legs and hands, au­thor­i­ties said. At least three of them were trans­ported to area hos­pi­tals. Oth­ers were treated at the beach for in­juries such as scrapes and bruises.

Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Forestry and Fire Pro­tec­tion Bat­tal­ion Chief Scott Jal­bert es­ti­mated “a cou­ple hun­dred” peo­ple were on the sea­wall at the south­ern tip of Mav­er­icks Beach when the waves struck, up­stag­ing the surf­ing com­pe­ti­tion that draws some of the world’s top surfers.

“No­body was swept away into the wa­ter. They were just swept onto the beach area pretty hard,” Jal­bert said. “It’s pretty rocky. We’ve cleared the beach area so

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