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Poll: Was the Vatican right to refuse the Murphy Commission?

Was the Vatican right to claim sovereignty and refuse to assist in the Murphy Commission investigation?

Image: Niall Carson/PA Archive

THE LATEST WIKILEAKS documents show that the Vatican was “offended” by how the Murphy Commission had asked it to help in its inquiries, believing the contact was  an “affront to Vatican sovereignty”.

The Vatican – or, officially, the Holy See – considers itself an independent state, and therefore said it would only help with the inquiries if the request had come from the Irish government itself, and not from a legal inquiry.

Today we want to know – do you think the Vatican was right to take the stance it did? Is the Holy See a true independent entity – and even if it is, should it still have refused to help?

The Vatican…


Poll Results:

doesn't have sovereignty (170)
has sovereignty, but should still have helped (107)
acted properly (23)



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