Rowan Williams Speaks

For once the Hairy One of Wales spoke with clarity and conviction, rightly declaring that the Irish Catholic Church had lost ‘all credibility’ over the child abuse scandal. The comments by Dr Rowan Williams immediately provoked a furious backlash from Irish church leaders who ludicrously claimed they were ‘undeserved’. The Archbishop of Dublin went beyond parody when he said that, “I have rarely felt personally so discouraged as when I heard the comments of Dr Williams.” Clearly the revelations that paedophile priests got away with decades of horrific child sex abuse caused scarcely a ripple on the placid sea of the Irish hierarchical tranquility. Along with the Pope’s personal preacher who likened criticism of the Church over the scandal to the Holocaust, the Irish bishops should try living in the real world.


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