Saturday 16 December 2017

Bishops will find McAleese is a formidable foe

Kenny's impeccable Catholic credentials allow him to give the hierarchy a good kicking, writes Willie Kealy

REACHING OUT: Pope Francis greets the faithful as he leaves St Peter’s Square at the Vatican
REACHING OUT: Pope Francis greets the faithful as he leaves St Peter’s Square at the Vatican

Wille Kealy

Who would be a Catholic today? It's so confusing. I mean, what is Francis playing at? When he was elected Pope not that long ago, we didn't know what to make of him. That was mostly because we had never heard of him, coming from South America and all that.

But he wasn't that long on the job before everyone fell in love. He came across all warm and fuzzy and humble and understanding. There's no doubt that these descriptions and others - such as charitable and kindly and living in the real world - have to be qualified by the fact they work best when he is compared to his predecessor, the former, but not late, Pope Benedict.

Benedict spent most of his time giving the impression, justified or not, that he cared deeply about the Church, he just had difficulty connecting with all the millions of ordinary people who make up the Church - or even the fact that they do. But at least with Benny, you knew where you stood. Anything that was fun was out.

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