Sunday 19 November 2017

Lise Hand: Unholy war on cards as angry Gilmore takes aim at the Vatican

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

HIS Excellency Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza looked distinctly rattled as he stood on the steps of Iveagh House. Shortly after the Cloyne Report had been published on Wednesday, the papal nuncio had been made an offer he couldn't refuse.

The Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs had summoned him to the department to present him with a copy of the latest account of the failures of the Catholic Church and also to express the extreme displeasure of the Government over the report's finding that the Vatican meddled directly in Irish matters of state.

And so the papal nuncio was wearing the hunted look of a chap who had been hauled unceremoniously over some piping-hot coals when he emerged from the 30-minute meeting. In a barely-audible voice he read from a prepared statement -- which was all of 38 seconds long.

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