David Quinn: Church must act now to restore its tarnished image with faithful
Published 04/11/2011 | 05:00
The attack by Enda Kenny on the Vatican last summer was a definite low point in the recent fortunes of the Catholic Church in Ireland. The news that Ireland is now closing its embassy to the Holy See represents an even lower point.
The publication of the Cloyne report only days before the Kenny speech seemed to be the final straw for many people as it showed that parts of the church still weren't properly following the church's own guidelines on child protection.
The aftermath of the Cloyne report, therefore, seemed a good time to gauge public attitudes towards the church here.