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David Quinn: Window-dressing of papal meeting a PR catastrophe

Published 19/02/2010 | 05:00

Pope Benedict: confirmed the worst expectations of his critics by failing to announce measures to tackle clerical sex abuse
Pope Benedict: confirmed the worst expectations of his critics by failing to announce measures to tackle clerical sex abuse

We don't know what happened behind the scenes when the bishops met the Pope and his officials on Monday and Tuesday in Rome. Maybe something of substance will come from the meeting in time. For the sake of the Catholic Church in Ireland, it had better.

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But taken at face value, the meeting was worse than a non-event -- it was close to a PR disaster, which Archbishop Diarmuid Martin partially rescued when speaking to reporters on Wednesday.

Obviously the meeting was never going to meet everyone's expectations. For example, Bishop Martin Drennan was never going to be asked to resign.

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