Maurice Hayes: Church needs Easter Rising to sweep away the old guard
Published 05/04/2010 | 05:00
A fairly savage cartoon in a French regional newspaper on Holy Saturday depicted a crucifix shrouded in purple cloth for the Holy Week liturgy. A priest standing by explained the significance of the veiled cross: "There are things going on in the church that Christ would be better not seeing."
This, of course, is France, but the editorial extends the problem to the wider church, and specifically to Ireland.
There is in France, too, the tension between a younger generation of bishops and priests who recognise the need to report crime to the civil authorities, to have regard to the material and psychological needs of victims and their demand for justice, and the need for transparency, against those traditionalists who would still put the protection of the institution from exposure above the protection of children from abuse.