Maurice Hayes: March on Rome shows how out of touch the bishops are
Published 22/02/2010 | 05:00
Not even the most doting mother, all those years ago, could have imagined that one day Willie O'Dea would be the answer to a bishop's prayer, and not just one bishop, but the entire Irish hierarchy.
Even more than Michael O'Leary and Hangar 6, he has managed to get the bishops and the debacle of the Rome summit out of the headlines and off the front pages of the national broadsheets.
In the breathing space thus offered, some have begun to dilute their support for the Murphy report and to resile from total acceptance of its conclusions.