Sunday 23 July 2017

Pioneer brought Rome revolution home to readers

John Cooney

One of the enlightened innovations introduced by Louis McRedmond during his time as editor of the Irish Independent was to appoint a religious affairs correspondent.

Prior to his brief stint in the editor's chair in 1968, Louis had covered the fourth and final session of the Second Vatican Council for this newspaper, and had built up an avid readership for his incisive and well informed reportage and commentaries from Rome.

But his sojourn on the Tiber made Louis realise that readers in Ireland were confused by the momentous changes taking place in the Catholic Church because their bishops were not keeping them informed.

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