Pope must speak to issue of child abuse cover-up

Pope must speak to issue of child abuse cover-up

Pope Francis has been a slow learner when it comes to addressing the greatest scandal to engulf the Church

If the past is indeed a foreign country, then the Ireland of 2018 is almost unrecognisable from the country visited by Pope John Paul II in 1979. A country that had experienced little change between Parnell and Lemass – allowing for a conservative revolution – has, in the four decades since the Pope’s visit, endured constant, accelerating change.

Nobody appears more bewildered at the new Ireland than the Catholic Church and the political institutions. Sacred cows have been...

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