The Catholic Church should look at Ireland's use of mandatory reporting of sexual abuse, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
He spoke in Dublin and welcomed the letter from Pope Francis in which he apologized for the failures of the Church.
Varadkar said that the Pope said "the right things" later this week prior to his visit to Ireland – but "words must be followed by actions".
"I think this is what people want to see in the coming period to restore confidence in the Church," he said.
The Taoiseach, which will hold a special reception for Pope Francis at Dublin Castle on Saturday, said he spent the past few days reflecting on the church in the aftermath of scandal scoldings.
"Many institutions have a dark heritage of treating children and women and the most vulnerable, very bad." It is not only the Catholic Church, the state also has no very good reputation in that respect, "said Varadkar.
He noted that Ireland introduced mandatory reporting last year and does not have a statute of limitations when it comes to prosecutions for sex offenses.
"While that may not be the law in every country in the world, I think it's the best way to go about it and something that the church and other institutions might consider to implement it, just because it's not the law does not mean that it is not the right thing to do, "said the Taoiseach.
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