Thursday 29 June 2017

Flawed yes, but here was a priest who knew his job

I don't mind too much that Father Michael Cleary made his accommodation with the rule of clerical celibacy, living one life in public and another in private.

He was doing what he felt necessary to get by. Maybe it would have been easier to pack off his son and the boy's mother to England or the US than have them in his home.

Hiding them in plain sight is what he chose to do with Ross and Phyllis Hamilton, as we saw in RTE One's 'At Home with The Clearys' this week. You could call it hypocrisy -- or you could call it expediency: a way of shouldering his family responsibilities without rocking the boat.

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