When Pope John Paul II flew triumphantly to these shores, he is said to have allowed the Irish press entourage aboard one question.
One of Dublin’s religious correspondents came forward in the aisle with his rosary beads and asked: ‘‘Holy Father, will you bless these, please?”
This cringing episode encapsulated much of the news media’s knee scraping complicity in what was close to a theocracy. Ireland’s national newspaper archives are...
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