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Bishop Drennan, it's time to fall on your crozier and quit

AT a Mass in Dublin's St Michan's Church marking the opening of the law term, in October 2000, a Catholic bishop ascended the high moral ground in his sermon to the legal and judicial luminaries when he lambasted the British media tactic of "naming and shaming" convicted offenders.

This lamentable practice "has had frightening consequences", intoned the bishop to an audience which would have included Frank 'Ferns' Murphy, Sean 'Industrial schools' Ryan and Yvonne 'Dublin' Murphy, all three shortly to become immortalised for "naming and shaming" archbishops, auxiliary bishops and religious superiors who covered up heinous crimes against innocent children by paedophile priests.

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