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Did The Vatican's New Envoy To Israel Help Shield Pedophile Priests In Ireland?

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YEDIOTH AHRONOTH (Israel), LA STAMPA(Italy), THE IRISH TIMES (Ireland)

JERUSALEM - The appointment of Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto as Papal Nuncio to Israel last week has sparked controversy in Jerusalem after it emerged that he was linked to the pedophile priests scandal that hit the Irish Catholic Church in 2005..

The country’s biggest-circulation daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, has refered to Lazzaroto’s appointment by Pope Benedict XVI “an embarrassment and humiliation for Israel”.

Archbishop Lazzarotto, who served as the Vatican's ambassador to Ireland at the time of the scandal, was accused of doing everything in his power to protect suspected Irish clerics.

He is thought to have spearheaded the strategy not to cooperate with Judge Yvonne Murphy - who was investigating the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Dublin, explain La Stampa and The Irish Times.

After refusing to disclose information in Ireland, he was appointed Vatican’s ambassador to Australia in 2008.

According to Yedioth Ahronoth, this “appointment is a slap in Israel’s face… Therefore, Israel must demand clarifications from the Vatican and Ireland regarding the archbishop’s conduct during the pedophile priest scandal – before his term as ambassador to Israel begins.”

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Parenthood And The Pressure Of Always Having To Be Doing Better

As a father myself, I'm now better able to understand the pressures my own dad faced. It's helped me face my own internal demands to constantly be more productive and do better.

Photo of a father with a son on his shoulders

Father and son in the streets of Madrid, Spain

Ignacio Pereyra*

-Essay-

When I was a child — I must have been around eight or so — whenever we headed with my mom and grandma to my aunt's country house in Don Torcuato, outside of Buenos Aires, there was the joy of summer plans. Spending the day outdoors, playing soccer in the field, being in the swimming pool and eating delicious food.

But when I focus on the moment, something like a painful thorn appears in the background: from the back window of the car I see my dad standing on the sidewalk waving us goodbye. Sometimes he would stay at home. “I have to work” was the line he used.

Maybe one of my older siblings would also stay behind with him, but I'm sure there were no children left around because we were all enthusiastic about going to my aunt’s. For a long time in his life, for my old man, those summer days must have been the closest he came to being alone, in silence (which he liked so much) and in calm, considering that he was the father of seven. But I can only see this and say it out loud today.

Over the years, the scene repeated itself: the destination changed — it could be a birthday or a family reunion. The thorn was no longer invisible but began to be uncomfortable as, being older, my interpretation of the events changed. When words were absent, I started to guess what might be happening — and we know how random guessing can be.

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