Thursday 8 December 2016

A different kind of hero

Published 19/05/2010 | 08:04

THROUGHOUT the last dismal decade when abuse scandals rocked the Catholic Church to its foundations in Ireland, the modest Bishop of Killaloe, Willie Walsh, looked like the only pillar likely to remain standing. While many others threatened to be swept away by revelations, Willie Walsh remained calm and contrite throughout; a totem of humility and modesty in a tide of sleaze.

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Dr Walsh seemed to stand for simple decency. His feet seemed more comfortable on the ground with his people rather than in the heights of the pulpit.

While the established church stood cold and unyielding, more concerned with protecting its own reputation than with taking care of its most vulnerable, Willie Walsh was compassionate and humane.

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