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Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in mid-July accused the Vatican of downplaying "the rape and torture of children" by priests and of hiding behind its status as a sovereign state, a severe challenge to the Catholic Church that has long held sway over the country's way of life. (AP Photo)

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in mid-July accused the Vatican of downplaying "the rape and torture of children" by priests and of hiding behind its status as a sovereign state, a severe challenge to the Catholic Church that has long held sway over the country's way of life. (AP Photo)

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