IT seems that the attitude of the Catholic Church in Ireland has undergone little, if any, change judging by the remarks made by a bishop at the funeral of a fellow bishop who was scathingly criticised by the 2009 Murphy inquiry into how the archdiocese of Dublin handled allegations of child abuse by priests.
JAMES STEPHENS collected the Kilkenny SHC title at a damp Nowlan Park yesterday, where 8,742 spectators saw an entertaining replay after last week’s draw disputed by two fully committed sides – sometimes too committed, as evidenced by the second-half sendings off of Jackie Tyrrell, captain of the new champions, and Ballyhale’s Colin Fennelly.
A LEADING Vatican correspondent has suggested the two Irish bishops, whose resignations were not accepted by the Pope this week, wrote to the pontiff highlighting they had no responsibility in the handling of abuse cases.
HOW good must it feel in the skin of Henry Shefflin these days? Forget, for a moment, all the honours won, the nine All-Star awards, seven All-Ireland senior inter-county medals, five National Hurling Leagues, three Railway Cups, two All-Ireland club senior titles, twice named hurler of the year (on the treble – Vodafone, GPA and Texaco), and Sports Person Of The Year In 2006.