Ireland, July 2011
"Historical" and "unprecedented" are two words floating around a bit.
The Holy See (Sancta Sedes ["holy seat"]) is the diocese, or church jurisdiction, in which the Vatican is the walled city-state entity. It is the "Rome" that speaks when Rome speaks in an ecclesiastical sense. And when "Roma locuta est; causa finita est." That's been customary, for centuries, until recently. In Ireland, it was valid a generation ago. But they're probably going to stop trying that shit on Europeans before too much longer. They've certainly lost the Irish.
The Vatican recalled its ambassador, or "Apostolic Nuncio" Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza. They said he was going to Rome for "consultations" implying that he's going someplace instead of gettin' away from someplace. Its an "unusual" diplomatic move to put it diplomatically.
Taoiseach Kenny said that the Cloyne Report was the first government report on child sexual abuse that "exposes an attempt by the Holy See to frustrate an inquiry in a sovereign, democratic republic."
There's no indication that the church will agree to comply with Irish child-protection law.