Keeping an Eye on the Holy See – from a Distance of 2,000km
Deaglán de Bréadún
Not being the most religious person in the world and not the greatest admirer of the record of the Catholic Church either, especially in relation to child abuse, I still contend that the closure of the Irish embassy to the Vatican will prove to be an unwise decision. I had a column on this subject in last Saturday’s paper.
The idea of conducting this State’s relationship with the Holy See at a distance of nearly 2,000 kilometres reminds one irresistibly of the Skibbereen Eagle keeping its eye on the Tsar of Russia in the 19th century. We’ll need a high-powered telescope.
It’s interesting to see the number of letters in the paper on this topic, reflecting the magnitude of the issue.