Friday 19 January 2018

A good person who became focus of public anger over sex abuse scandals

Desmond Connell with Mary McAleese. Photo: Chris Doyle
Desmond Connell with Mary McAleese. Photo: Chris Doyle
David Quinn

David Quinn

My father was in school at the same time as Desmond Connell. I remember him telling me once that it was the opinion of the other boys in the school that the young Desmond Connell would become either an academic or a priest. Even then he was studious and serious-minded.

In fact, he become both a priest and an academic and in time, the Archbishop of Dublin and a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He would certainly have been a happier man had he been left in the philosophy department of University College Dublin instead of being asked to take the reins of Dublin Archdiocese in 1988.

He had only three years to go before he would have had to retire from his position as a lecturer at UCD and then he would have spent another 10 years in formal active ministry before retiring altogether.

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