Sunday 21 October 2018

Why are people surprised that the Church is conservative?

In the pulpit: Madigan has caused parishioners distress, according to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
In the pulpit: Madigan has caused parishioners distress, according to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

'All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing."

There has long been a debate over who first coined that immortal phrase. Was it John F Kennedy, who certainly popularised the quote? Or was it Edmund Burke, who is widely believed to have been the first man to say it?

Well, it doesn't matter anymore. Because from now on, whenever we hear "all it takes for evil to flourish is for good men..." we'll surely always think of Josepha Madigan, the Fine Gaeler who invoked those words when defending herself against allegations of opportunism about her comments about women priests.

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