Kathy Sheridan: Mary McAleese wound the corrupt global connections back to the Vatican

Former president’s powerful intervention this week highlights the Church’s warped structure

Pope Francis himself has described the curia as ‘the leprosy of the papacy’. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Pope Francis himself has described the curia as ‘the leprosy of the papacy’. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Not long ago, it seemed possible that Pope Francis might land in Ireland, delight the faithful, charm a few John Pauls off the fence then vanish again, leaving few ripples in a great lake of indifference.

Because, who cared?

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