ABC News reported that newly released U.S. diplomatic cables indicate that Ireland caved in to Vatican pressure to grant immunity to church officials in the government probe of decades of sex abuse by Irish clergy in the predominantly Catholic nation. That the Holy See used its diplomatic immunity status as a tiny-city state to try to thwart Ireland’s government-led probe has long been known. But the WikiLeaks cables, published by Britain’s The Guardian newspaper on Saturday, contain delicate, behind-the-scenes diplomatic assessments of the highly charged situation.
Florida Congressman Mark Foley was a prominent supporter, even an avid advocate, of heavier penalties against pedophiles. He once commented that laws against child molesters should be so tough that pedophiles, when caught, would discover that their life was over. Now Foley has been discovered to be a pedophile himself after a 2005 incident with a 16 year old boy, was uncovered months later.