Saturday 18 November 2017

The bishops are out of touch with reality

APART from the public relations debacle of the press conference of the Irish Bishops' Conference (Irish Independent, March 11) at which three bishops reacted like overgrown schoolboys, a more important issue has emerged.

It seems that a rearguard action led by senior clergy of the Dublin diocese against the factual report of the Murphy commission has received the backing of many Irish bishops, epitomised by Bishop Christopher Jones' accusation that the media were "unfair and unjust" in "singling out the church" over its cover-up of clerical sex abuse.

The bishops have lost contact with reality and are unable to see or hear the pain of clerical abuse victims, not only in Ireland but throughout the universal church, while many Catholics, both priests and lay people, continue to be appalled at such arrogance. Until these bishops and senior clergy resign or are removed then the Catholic Church will stagger from bad to worse.

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