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Saturday 19 April 2014

Modern papacy is far from its roots

The latest WikiLeaks transcript reports that requests from the Murphy Commission 'offended many in the Vatican' (Irish Independent, December 11).

The refusal by the Holy See and its ambassador in Ireland, Papal Nuncio Leanza, to acknowledge communications from the commission shows up, once again, the conflict inherent in the exercise of the modern papacy: the Pope is both the absolute sovereign of the Holy See and the head of the Catholic Church.

I have written to Pope Benedict and his predecessor, John Paul II, in recent years as a Catholic through the intermediary of the Papal Nuncio here in Dublin but I have not received any reply.

It seems my letters to the head of my church concerning church matters may have also offended Vatican officials.

It seems the only way I can communicate with the leader of my church is to write to him via our own Department of Foreign Affairs. The contemporary church has strayed far from its origins in a stable.

Brendan Butler
Malahide, Co Dublin

Irish Independent

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