Quite obviously, when we talk about scandals involving the Vatican, nothing comes bigger that the sexual child abuse by all those pedo priests out there. And from what I understand, certain things happened and the whole crap got swept under the carpet. Or in the form of this report, Ireland specifically. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100215/ap_on_re_eu/eu_vatican_ireland_sex_abuse Okay, so I understand that the Pope is trying to curb this problem via a certain summit. Problem here though is that if the accusations had some truth in it, then quite obviously 1.) those responsible are being protected. 2.) the culprits protecting them refuse to step down from their posts. So the big questions: Do you think this summit is going to work or do you think it's only some half hearted attempt at addressing this issue? Should the Vatican be held responsible for the scandal? Take note that this is NOT an attempt to bash the RCC or it's dogma. The focus is on the offenders involved. So yeah, pleaes keep the debate civil because last thing I want to see here is a decent attempt to debate ending up to be locked just because some random idiots decided to play punk on random. I really has to post this because I don't have any real knowledge on what is happening behind the scenes where the abuses are concerned, hence the desire to understand the whole thing better via the views of the good people here. So yeah, just fire away. But as I've said, pleaes keep this discussion civil.