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
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.
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.