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Irish columnist laments bishops' unwillingness to challenge politicians

March 26, 2012

Irish essayist David Quinn argues that the Catholic bishops of Ireland constitute the least assertive Catholic hierarchy of the English-speaking world.

The Irish bishops, Quinn says, show “a very marked reluctance…to directly challenge politicians.” He attributes that reluctance in part to the negative fallout of the abuse scandal, and in part to the overall hostility of the mass media. “But another reason,” he continues, “seems to be a fear of being confrontational, almost as though being confrontational, or rather, assertive, might somehow be unchristian even though Jesus was himself often very confrontational.”


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