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In his opinion column, Gantz refers to Judge Yvonne Murphy, who as “the head of the committee appointed by the government of Ireland to investigate the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Dublin” requested Archbishop Lazzarotto’s co-operation in her investigation into clerical child abuse. The Nuncio, though, famously declined her invitation to give evidence. As a result, according to the Israeli journalist, Murphy's committee “criticized Archbishop Lazzarotto for refusing to disclose information on reports of clerical child sex abuse.”
Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, it seems that a great deal of those with no insider knowledge of the Church prefer to view Catholicism as some kind of bizarre criminal organisation, determined to "rape and torture" children. This may be explained by the fact that some of the Church’s critics are rigidly prejudiced against her and want to cling to this narrative, whilst others simply believe what they are told by the papers. The ‘evil Church’ myth is now accepted as fact – especially as it is one that the liberal press rejoices in: ‘Look at those Catholics telling us not to sin, whilst they're committing horrific crimes’; so goes one modern anti-Catholic mantra.