Thursday 23 November 2017

Michael Kelly: Irish Catholicism's leader-in-waiting will first have to win over the deflated priests

When Archbishop Eamon Martin eventually succeeds Cardinal Sean Brady as Primate of All-Ireland, he will inherit a church in need of a lot of rebuilding.

As a former executive secretary of the hierarchy, Archbishop Martin knows more than most the challenges facing the church and the personalities and rivalries at the heart of Irish Catholicism.

His appointment means that the church in Ireland now has two Archbishop Martins – and not just in name.

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