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Vatican's finest can't bridge deep schism

Sam Smyth

Published 26/11/2011 | 05:00

Clerical high-flyers (l to r): Thomas Collins, Sean Patrick O'Malley, Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Timothy Dolan, and Terrence Prendergast
Clerical high-flyers (l to r): Thomas Collins, Sean Patrick O'Malley, Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Timothy Dolan, and Terrence Prendergast

LAST March a committee of clerical high-flyers was assembled to compile a report for the Vatican on the state of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

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The committee of five included some of the most eminent English-speaking prelates in the international church.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston examined the Archdiocese of Dublin and Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Emeritus Archbishop of Westminster, went to the Archdiocese of Armagh.

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