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Cardinal Sean Brady officiates at the funeral of Cardinal Cahal Daly, former Catholic Primate of all Ireland, at St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh yesterday

Cardinal Sean Brady officiates at the funeral of Cardinal Cahal Daly, former Catholic Primate of all Ireland, at St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh yesterday

Cardinal Sean Brady officiates at the funeral of Cardinal Cahal Daly, former Catholic Primate of all Ireland, at St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh yesterday

A CHILLING sense of witnessing the end of an era was as sharp as the cold Armagh air yesterday as the body of Cahal Daly was laid to rest. It was articulated by his successor, Cardinal Sean Brady, who said that the clerical child abuse scandals had brought the Catholic Church in Ireland to a defining moment in its history.

A notable absentee, Cardinal Desmond Connell, would have winced on hearing his fellow Prince of the Church castigate not only the horrific rapes by paedophile priests of the little ones in their care, but also "the shameful mismanagement" of church leaders in covering-up the litany of abuse chronicled in the damning reports into the diocese of Ferns, industrial schools run by religious orders and the Archdiocese of Dublin.


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