Monday 22 January 2018

Colum Kenny: What difference will Pope's men make?

Those hoping for a moral and spiritual renewal with the papal visit are very likely to be disappointed, writes Colum Kenny

When the Pope's men arrive in Ireland, what difference will it make? And to whom will they listen? They are due here any time before the end of next month.

Ireland's Catholic archbishops clashed last week with the editor of Ireland's main Catholic newspaper, the Irish Catholic. Its editor, Garry O'Sullivan, had reported that they recently sought in Rome to limit the terms of reference of the planned Vatican inquiry. They describe his claim as "seriously misleading".

Pope Benedict XVI is sending two cardinals and three archbishops to investigate the Irish archdioceses and seminaries. Later will follow two priests and two nuns to visit religious congregations.

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