Catholics look to Martin to heal old wounds
EAMON Martin, the man tapped by Pope Benedict XVI to lead the next phase of Irish Catholicism, has a steep road ahead. As coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh he will ease the passage of Cardinal Sean Brady into retirement. Theoretically, Cardinal Brady will continue to lead the Church until his 75th birthday in August 2015. Few seriously believe, however, that he will still be in office by the end of 2013.
The Vatican understands that Cardinal Brady has been an impotent leader of the Church ever since revelations emerged in 2010 that he had failed to report the abuse of Fr Brendan Smyth to the police when he was made aware of it in 1975. Truth be told, he was never the powerful and assertive leader people had come to expect in Armagh after men such as cardinals Conway, O Fiaich and Daly.
The appointment of a coadjutor is a classic Roman solution when a cardinal is mortally wounded.