VATICAN CITY (WKOW) -- In recent years, several priests have been accused of sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church. The Vatican is now continuing with their own response to the issue.
The Vatican is moving ahead with its own investigation of how the Catholic church in Ireland is responding to its massive sex abuse scandal. It promises the probe will be sweeping but not interfere with ongoing probes by magistrates or a parliamentary commission.
A Vatican statement Friday said it is not "a trial to judge past events" but an effort to verify the effectiveness of the church's response and its assistance to victims
Pope Benedict XVI announced the investigation in a letter to Irish Catholics in March, addressing decades of abuse and cover-up by church authorities.
The pope appointed a team of top prelates and nuns for the investigation that will begin in four archdioceses, including Dublin, seminaries and convents.