In 1956, he said, “This Treasury paper, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.”
Strangely enough, his own History of the English-Speaking Peoples runs to four volumes.
I downloaded the “Summary of the Findings of the Apostolic Visitation to Ireland”. It contained 3,657 words. I shudder to think how many words the full report contains.
Brevity is not usually found in the souls of experts. The number of words seems to be proportionate to the growing distance between the Church leaders and the faithful.
One of the best ways to bury the truth is to cover it with verbiage.
There is a good chance that most lay people will not have the stamina to plough through the latest official Church report. No doubt, it will find a good shelf upon which to sit with most other such reports and be forgotten.
The Mahon report contains over 3,200 pages. It would take an eternity to read this final product of 15 years of plodding investigations. Reading it in its entirety would be a fitting punishment for any guilty parties. The Tribunal’s main finding was that it could not establish the truth.