Sunday 19 November 2017

Medb Ruane: Do your Christian duty and help the Bishop balance the books

Jaw-dropping comments by Denis Brennan, Catholic Bishop of Ferns, added greatly to (some of) the nation's anxiety this week. He suggested that his local parishioners should open their purses to help his church out with its alleged current financial embarrassment.

The sting in the tail was his definition of what makes and unmakes a good Christian. It was a case of the béal bocht occupying the high moral ground. Most bishops had the sense to cut back on moral pronouncements since the Ryan and Murphy reports, realising their damaged authority means this isn't the moment to tell people what's right and wrong.

But money has its own imperatives, especially when it comes to the institutional Catholic Church.

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