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Peter Doherty, Archbishop Martin – And Knickers For Drink
A silly drinks promotion and two men to be reckoned with. It's all in a fortnight's reflections...
Eamonn McCann, 12 Oct 2011
In July, responding to Enda Kenny’s attack on the Vatican following publication of the Cloyne Report, Dr. Martin declared himself “angry, ashamed and appalled... What do you do when you have groups, whether in the Vatican or in Ireland, who... simply refuse to understand? What sort of cabal is this that there is in Cloyne?”
Perhaps it’s guilt which has persuaded the hierarchy to stay schtum. But be assured that even now there are brooding figures in the Vatican pondering what to do about the meddlesome priest, some longing for the days they could have lashed him to a stake and reduced him to cinder. If they have made no move, it’s that they cannot be sure what the faithful would let them away with. Long ago, Irish Catholics lived in fear of the Vatican. Now it’s the other way round. It’s a start.