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Jody Corcoran: The natural order has been turned on its head

The Government has gone too far in its attack on the Church, and a sense of balance needs to be restored, writes Jody Corcoran

Published 12/02/2012 | 05:00

DIVIDE: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Steve Humphreys
DIVIDE: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Steve Humphreys

In his visceral denunciation of the Vatican in the aftermath of the Cloyne Report last year, Enda Kenny referred to the Holy See as riddled with what he said was "dysfunction, disconnection and elitism".

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The Taoiseach's polemic served to release an anger, formed over generations, which had until then only seeped out in an unsatisfactory manner since officialdom began a difficult process to catalogue, investigate and prove the whispered horror of child sex abuse within the Church.

The release was necessary. It will not be the end of it. Nor should it be. There is more detail to be known, more lessons to be learned and more forgiveness to be sought -- which needs to be given.

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