Sunday 26 March 2017

Criticism of Catholic Church descends into mob mentality as detractors rush to judgment

The then Bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey, who died earlier this week, addressing a religious conference in 1981. Photo: Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection
The then Bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey, who died earlier this week, addressing a religious conference in 1981. Photo: Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection

Gerard O'Regan

It felt like closure - of a kind. In a sense, Bishop Eamonn Casey had finally come home, embraced with all the powerful imagery of a requiem Mass, amid the splendour of Galway Cathedral.

In death he was bestowed with the highest honour his church could grant him. His final resting place would be the Cathedral crypt - as was the case with all his predecessors who had served as Bishop of Galway, stretching back over a century. They clearly judged it was what he deserved. Had he not always stood steadfast with his spiritual heartland, despite all that had befallen him in turbulent times?

The solemnity of an Irish Catholic funeral cast its own spell as family and friends paid their respects.

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