Does anybody else hear a familiar refrain from an organisation institutionally and systemically corrupt because they believe themselves to the voice of God on earth?
It said the congregation was not forbidding mandatory reporting, "or in any way encouraging individuals, including clerics, not to co-operate with the Irish civil authorities, let alone disobey Irish civil law".
The Vatican said that as the Irish government did not make mandatory reporting of suspected abuse cases law at that time, it was difficult how concerns raised in Archbishop's Storero's letter could be construed as having subverted Irish law.
The Irish government has now committed to tough new child protection in the wake of Cloyne, including making it an offence to withhold information about crimes against children and introducing new vetting to allow "soft information" transfers.
The Holy See said while it cannot comment on the proposed legislation, it welcomes and supports attempts to protect children.
Mealy mouthed bastards - kind of fitting that 'mealy mouthed' was first attributed to Martin Luther.