The time has come, but is Sean Brady the man of the hour?
The day of reckoning has arrived for a battered church, but who will lead it to redemption?
At the Irish Bishops' press conference, which was broadcast on Vatican Radio in February, after the 24 bishops had finished their talks with the Pope and his top Vatican officials, I specifically asked Cardinal Brady -- flanked by three other bishops -- if the bishops used their five minutes with the Pope to assure him that they and their dioceses had clean bills of health.
No, came the response, they didn't.
I then followed up the question by saying if we don't get those assurances from each bishop we are doomed to re-opening this abuse wound every time there is a revelation about some bishop's latest faux-pas.