Princes of the Church left to wait for Vatican endgame
Published 15/02/2010 | 05:00
LIKE schoolboys waiting to see the headmaster, a gaggle of Irish bishops in their white robes and purple zuchettos assembled in Rome last night ahead of a showdown summit with the Pope.
The bishops filed in to St Patrick's Cathedral for the Month's Mind Mass in memory of the late Cardinal Cahal Daly, whose leadership was blighted by the notorious Fr Brendan Smyth and the later torrent of child clerical sex abuse scandals. As they waited, they sat and chatted about the looming summit.
The explosive fallout from the damning Murphy and Ryan reports has brought Cardinal Sean Brady and his episcopal troops to Rome for today's summit with Pope Benedict XVI, the first such extraordinary gathering in eight years since Pope John Paul II addressed the clerical paedophile crisis that hit the US.