Thursday 23 February 2017

John Cooney: Latest Papal diktat spells doom for people's church

Pope Benedict XVI waves from the balcony of his summer residence in Castelgandolfo, south of Rome, yesterday
Pope Benedict XVI waves from the balcony of his summer residence in Castelgandolfo, south of Rome, yesterday

THE chaotic manner in which the decision of Pope Benedict to refuse the resignations of two Dublin auxiliary bishops named in the Murphy Report trickled into the public domain is a communications calamity on a monumental scale personally for Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

The normally media savvy Martin may have been under orders from his Roman superiors to make known the continuation in office of assistant bishops Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field via clerical channels.

This manner of public relations is more associated with the Vatican's own dismal public relations record in dealing with such matters.

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