Thursday 22 February 2018

The church has come a long way, painfully, since the Casey affair

The visit of pope John Paul II was a defining event for the Catholic Church in Ireland
The visit of pope John Paul II was a defining event for the Catholic Church in Ireland

Gerard O'Regan

Last week a sumptuous house located in one of the most scenic parts of the Dingle Peninsula was up for sale.

With beachfront views of the Atlantic - and the hills and hollows of the Slieve Mish mountains hovering in the background - it is a mood-inducing setting.

But this is also a house of special memory. It is where Bishop Eamon Casey, a one-time ebullient and much admired member of the Irish hierarchy, conducted his now well-chronicled clandestine affair with American divorcee Annie Murphy in the early 1970s.

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