Sunday 25 February 2018

David Quinn: Visitation could act as shot in arm for church

The first thing everyone needs to do is take a deep breath. The Apostolic Visitation of senior bishops and religious to the church in Ireland is not going to revolutionise everything overnight, or maybe ever.

Ultimately it's going to be up to Ireland's Catholics to fix the Catholic Church in Ireland and the most the Apostolic Visitors (the 'A Team'?) can do is push things in the right direction.

Their first and most essential task will obviously be to ensure that the church's child protection policy is sufficiently robust and is being properly implemented diocese by diocese and religious congregation by religious congregation. In this regard, their first port of call will have to be Ian Elliott who runs the church's child protection office.

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