Cardinal’s failure was not in isolation

Cardinal’s failure was not in isolation
The late Cardinal Desmond Connell Picture: Collins

Eulogies for a cleric who was ‘ill-suited’ to deal with abuse crisis ignore underlying problems

The death of Cardinal Desmond Connell was accompanied by obituaries which predictably and justifiably focused on his leadership of the Catholic Church in Ireland during the fallout from the clerical abuse crisis.

This is a very Irish thing we do as a nation: we examine events in splendid isolation. This convenient approach to contentious moments in Irish public life is a fundamental shortcoming in how we deal with the operation of power in Ireland. It...

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