Keeping the flock
•Fr Kevin Reynolds has claimed that apologies for defamation by media reporters were "not sincere". How ironic this is given that this is exactly the response by senior clergy into clerical abuse cases -- the major difference being that it was not a professional reputation that was damaged but the physical integrity and psychological well-being of children.
The other notable difference is that financial restitution for Fr Reynolds far outstrips that for the average abuse victim.
A new band of brothers, aligned with appropriate nuns and lay people, could provide spiritual leadership for those Catholics in the Republic who wish to belong, as well as believe.