Tuesday 20 March 2018

Enda can wield the stick but church takes a hiding

Again and again, I contrast in my mind the praise Enda Kenny has received in many quarters for his ruthless treatment of his party colleagues who voted against the new abortion law, and the condemnation the Vatican has received for its much milder treatment of dissident priests such as Fr Tony Flannery.

The Vatican made a very big mistake taking disciplinary action against Fr Flannery. In doing so it gave him a platform and an enhanced moral status. He is now seen as a martyr for his beliefs.

On the strength of it, he has a new book out called 'A Question of Conscience'. He has been interviewed many times on radio, usually in the most unchallenging and sympathetic way, and only the other day Fr Iggy O'Donovan, another priest not well got in the Vatican, defended him publicly, receiving sympathetic coverage of his own into the bargain.

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