Monthly Archives: June 2015

Cardinal Brady before the Commission

Sean Brady gave evidence to the commission investigating the abuse perpetrated by Brendan Smith today. A media outlet rang me this evening to know if I would go on their programme in the morning to comment on his evidence. I declined, saying I was sick to death of the whole thing. It is a sordid affair from beginning to end.
We have had a couple of cases in the past few years of bishops saying things when they have retired which they should have said while still in positions of influence.

Lecture on Papal Encyclical

The Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si, and its implications for Church and Society.

The Association of Catholics of Ireland (ACI) and the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) are jointly sponsoring a lecture on the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si. We regard the publication of this document as an event of enormous importance both for the Church and society, and that it is a particular responsibility for members of the Church to promote its message in every way we can.

Correspondence with the Vatican

In February last Mary McAleese wrote directly to Pope Francis on my behalf, suggesting that I had not been treated fairly, and requesting that I be restored to ministry.

Two weeks ago she got the following reply from the Sostituto  in the Secretariat of State, Arch. Becciu saying:

“The Holy Father has received your letter and he has asked me to reply in his name. He appreciates the concerns which prompted you to write to him.

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