Saturday 19 August 2017

Rising star was brought down by Ferns Report and demon drink

David Quinn

David Quinn

BRENDAN Comiskey was once one of Ireland's best-known bishops. Indeed, with his outgoing personality, his media savvy and his mildly liberal theological views, he was seen by many as exactly the sort of bishop the Catholic Church in Ireland needed.

He became Bishop of Ferns in 1984, aged just 49, and this was another indication of a generational change in the air.

When I became editor of 'The Irish Catholic' in January 1996, Bishop Comiskey was still a columnist with the paper and I had some few dealings with him at that time.

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