There’s no Roman solution to Irish clerical problems

The solution to the challenges facing the Catholic Church in this country will come, not from Rome, but from the Irish clergy itself

20th February, 2010

Both the build-up and the reaction to the Irish bishops’ visit to Rome last week missed the point: we must solve our own problems, and looking to others to do it for us simply hinders the process.

On February 28,1979, during a debate on a health bill, the late Charles Haughey, then minister for health, coined the phrase ‘‘an Irish solution to an Irish problem’’.

Since then, the phrase has become...

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