Fallout from Rome summit
WHAT a loyal servant of the Church Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is. His valiant attempt to salvage some modicum of dignity from what could crudely be described as a public relations disaster for Pope Benedict and the institution of the Catholic Church almost succeeded.
But not entirely.
If the Irish bishops went to Rome for no other purpose than to brief the Pope so that he can draft a letter to the Catholics of Ireland, that should have been clearly stated before all the pomp and pageantry in the Apostolic Palace created the impression that something positive was going to come of it for the victims of priestly child abuse.