Irish PM in unprecedented attack on Vatican

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said the relationship between the Catholic Church and the state could never be the same.Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has launched an unprecedented attack on the Catholic Church in parliament.He said the recent Cloyne Report into how allegations of sex-abuse by priests in Cork had been covered up showed change was urgently needed.Mr Kenny said the historic relationship between church and state in Ireland could not be the same again.He said the report exposed the elitism, dysfunction, disconnection, and narcissism that dominated the Vatican.“The rape and torture of children were downplayed or ‘managed’ to uphold instead the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and ‘reputation’,” the taoiseach said.‘Unprecedented’“The revelations of the Cloyne Report have brought the government, Irish Catholics and the Vatican to an unprecedented juncture.”Opposition leader Michael Martin said that when he met the Papal Nuncio after the Murphy report into the cover-up of abuse in the Dublin diocese in 2009, he told him the government expected the full cooperation of the Vatican into the Cloyne inquiry.However, he said, the Vatican chose to focus on the interests of the church rather than the children abused by its clergy and shielded by its leaders.During the debate, the church was called upon to publish the audits currently being sent to every Catholic diocese in the country.Sinn Fein spokesperson on health and children Caoimhghin O’Caolain said the government should consider coordinating with the Northern Ireland Executive on any future inquiries – particularly as four of the Catholic dioceses straddle the border.BBC Newscenter_img 27 Views   no discussions Tweet FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Irish PM in unprecedented attack on Vatican by: – July 20, 2011last_img read more

Other Sports World Archery writes to IOA in bid to lift Archery Association of India suspension by this month

first_imgAAI was suspended by WA for electing two parallel bodies.Indian archers can participate in World Youth Championship in Madrid under Indian flag.Indian archers cannot practice in international events unless resolution is passed. Kolkata: In a fresh ray of hope for the beleaguered Indian archers, the World Archery on Friday wrote to the Indian Olympic Association, stating the Archery Association of India suspension might be lifted by the end of this month if a clear roadmap is established. The latest development came following the Delhi High Court’s order directing the sports ministry to form a five-member transitory committee to look in the state of affairs of the suspended AAI till fresh elections are held.  Following the order, the WA secretary general Tom Dielen wrote to IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta, nominating four members of the committee which will be headed by retired Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Justice B D Ahmad. “If rapid progress is made and a clear roadmap is established by the end of August, World Archery might conditionally lift the suspension by the end of this month. “We ask the Indian Olympic Association Secretary General to coordinate with the chairman to get the committee established as soon as possible,” Dielen wrote in the letter to Mehta, a copy of which is in possession with PTI.  The WA further suggested four names for the transitory committee — Mehta from IOA, R Rajagopal from the sports ministry, while B V P Rao and Virendra Sachdeva from the two AAI factions. This transition committee is tasked to prepare a roadmap for the AAI having a new election as well as a Constitution that respects both the Indian Sports Code and the World Archery Constitution.  “This roadmap will have to be approved by World Archery for the suspension to be lifted,” Dielen wrote. The committee will also select the teams for the Olympic qualifying Asian Championships in Bangkok in November and prepare a selection process for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.Earlier in the day, hearing a PIL in the Rahul Mehra vs Union of India & Ors, a Delhi HC Special Bench comprising Justice S Murlidhar and Najmi Waziri directed that the transitory committee will be constituted latest by August 23 and hold its first meeting on August 24. The committee will be headed by retired Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Justice B D Ahmad and will have one representative each from sports ministry, Indian Olympic Association, and the two AAI factions, Mehra tweeted.  “The committee is constituted to ensure Archery Association of India (AAI) once again enjoys good standing with World Archery Federation (WAF) so that our Archers are permitted to represent India under Indian flag in the forthcoming qualifying tournaments & Tokyo Olympics,” Mehra wrote.An AAI official said the committee will be constituted to oversee the day-to-day affairs of Indian Archery which was suspended by the world body on Thursday for defying its guidelines by electing two parallel bodies. “This committee will not take a call about fresh election procedures but will run the show till a new body comes to power. We are expecting to hear about fresh election procedures in the next hearing slated for August 16,” he said.The World Archery on Thursday suspended the Archery Association of India for defying its guidelines by electing two parallel bodies, asking the federation to put its house in order by the end of this month. The decision is effective from Monday and the last event in which the archers can participate under the Indian flag is the World Archery Youth Championships in Madrid from August 19-25. After which the Indian archers’ participation in international events under the National flag stands jeopardised unless a resolution is made.  highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

It’s now time to give the Trojans an honor code

first_imgBy now, you probably have heard about the sex scandal at Brigham Young University. Basically, forward Brandon Davies was suspended from the basketball team for the rest of the year for having consensual sex with his girlfriend.Now, although this is accepted pretty much anywhere else, BYU has a strict honor code that prohibits this kind of conduct, as well as other things like coffee and tea drinking and watching Charlie Sheen interviews.Any other year, this would just be a chance for people to have a good laugh and move on. But not this year. What makes this such a big deal is that BYU is in the midst of a special season. Earlier this week there was talk of the Cougars gaining a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament after a huge win at No. 6 San Diego State.Forget about the No. 1 seed now. BYU’s title hopes are pretty much dashed. Davies was the Cougars leading rebounder and third leading scorer. After I heard this news, my initial reaction was, “how could anyone survive at BYU?” It’s gotta be the only place in the country where Starbucks is less popular than Star Jones.My second reaction was, “If USC had an honor code, so that all students would have to adhere to uniform Trojan standards, what would it be?” USC has a code of ethics and a student conduct code, but no university-wide honor code.With Davies possibly getting expelled from BYU, I’m officially opening up my bid to make him a Trojan. He would have to follow the new honor code, however.Here are my suggestions for the first-ever USC honor code to be followed by students and athletes alike (including you, Davies). Any violation of these guidelines will result in the forfeiture of Kevin O’Neill bobblehead the received at the basketball game last week. If you don’t have one (you are missing out), then you will have to stand in Lane Kiffin’s office until you can make him laugh. If he’s on a recruiting visit, you must eat a meal at EVK.1) Thou shalt never accept losing to UCLA.2) Thou shalt not accept golf cart rides from strangers.3) Thou shalt not ride your bike or skateboard within a 50-mile radius of campus. It’s getting too crowded.4) Thou shalt watch at least one Champions League soccer game in Café 84 on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon. The atmosphere is electric.5) Thou shalt not sit in Trojan Nation at kickoff, especially without “tailgaiting” beforehand.6) Thou shalt not fornicate … during a USC football game.7) Thou shalt not attempt to hide Malibu in a sunscreen bottle before a night game at the Coliseum.8) Thou shalt learn to pronounce the name of women’s soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin. I’m not going to help you. That’s cheating.9) Thou shalt not speak poorly of the Song Girls. Ever.So there you have it. I know nine rules are a lot to follow, but just think of the consequences. If somehow you do break one, you better have some good jokes lined up.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article e-mail Kenny at or visit read more