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Dump church baggage for reform to be real, Eamon

Controversy only serves to cloud a lot of good works done by a declining number of priests and nuns, writes Colum Kenny

Published 06/07/2014 | 02:30

DIALOGUE: Archbishop Eamon Martin says he wants a new type of communication between church and society
DIALOGUE: Archbishop Eamon Martin says he wants a new type of communication between church and society

When the devil opens one door he shuts another. Last week, the Irish hierarchy took a step in the direction of better relations with the media. But a parish priest in County Dublin reopened old wounds.

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On Tuesday, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh met journalists who regularly report on religion. His hierarchy faces a great challenge if it is to restore public confidence in the Catholic Church.

He met the media at Maynooth. Meanwhile, a parish newsletter appeared in which Fr Arthur O'Neill of Cabinteely publicly questioned the parentage of the late Fr Michael Cleary's son.

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