Wednesday 7 December 2016

Humility needed at difficult time

Published 05/04/2010 | 05:00

ARCHBISHOP Rowan Williams made a serious mistake when he said that the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland had lost all credibility. He has apologised promptly and graciously, but he has incurred the just wrath of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury meant no harm. He was quite right when he said that the damage to the reputation of the Irish Catholic Church caused by the clerical sex abuse scandals was a problem for everybody in Ireland, not only Catholics.

But his intervention was not helpful to those struggling bravely to restore that reputation, the chief of whom is the Archbishop of Dublin.

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