| Luciano Storero|
October 1, 2000
The Most Reverend
Luciano Storero Wikipedia
Luciano Storero (26 September 1926 – 1 October 2000) was born in Pinasca, Italy. He served in the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See.
He was ordained a priest on 29 June 1949. On 22 November 1969 he was appointed Titular Archbishop of Tigimma and the same day was appointed an Apostolic Delegate. Archbishop Storero was appointed Apostolic Nuncio on 24 December 1970 to the Dominican Republic. He served as Pro-Nuncio to Gabon and Cameroon from 1973. He was the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to India from 1976 to 1981. He also served as Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela from 1981. On 15 November 1995 he was appointed the tenth Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland. He remained in that position until his death on 1 October 2000.
As Nuncio to Ireland in 1997, it was reported in the U.S. in January, 2011, Storero signed a 2-page letter that warned the Irish bishops against implementing a policy "that included 'mandatory reporting' of suspected abusers to civil authorities." The policy, which had been approved by the Irish bishops, put the Irish church in opposition to Storero and the Vatican. That opposition was not reversed at least until then-Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) was put in charge of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith by John Paul II in 2001. At that time the Vatican began "to tip the balance [in] canon law ... in favour of the victims. But has [the Pope] done enough?" asked a report earlier in 2011 on the Irish television network RTÉ. "The Vatican has yet to acknowledge its contribution in creating the problem in the first place ... [when] they put the reputation of the Church and the avoidance of scandal over the concerns for the victims [under Storero and before]." Luciano Storero Died of cancer at his nuncio residents Dublin in October 2000