Monday 26 February 2018

Murphy debate requires balance

I'M afraid you do me too much credit in John Cooney's article (Irish Independent, February 2) where he writes about my article on the Murphy report in the February issue of 'The Furrow'. Far from being an "influential" priest, I have little or no influence.

The only influence that could perhaps be attributed to me in relation to the report is from doing an objective analysis of it and in making that analysis available to the public. Mr Cooney's remark that I launched a "scathing attack" on Archbishop Martin is not justified by anything I have written, as I am quite sure that the archbishop knows.

I imagine that the headline to Mr Cooney's article, 'Priest attacks prelate', was designed to attract attention but it does not serve the truth.

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