Cardinal Desmond Connell

Desmond Connell's behavior was Cardinal sin in Irish Catholic Church scandal


Cardinal Desmond Connell

The horrendous consequences of the latest scandal in the Irish Catholic Church are still unfolding.

There are now serious concerns for the future viability of the Church in Ireland as the latest sordid revelations have come forth and continue to spill out.

However, there is particular anger being directed toward Cardinal Desmond Connell, who was at the epicenter of the Dublin Archdiocese allegations when he was archbishop there.

Connell’s evidence to the Murphy tribunal is seen as an attempt to weasel out of any responsibility for the cover-up of pedophile priests.

In one celebrated piece of verbal trickery, Connell told the tribunal the following, "There may be circumstances in which you can use an ambiguous expression realizing that the person who you are talking to will accept an untrue version of whatever it may be."

What does that mean? It means the cardinal found a way to lie about his involvement in the cases, pure and simple. and that he used every canon lawyer’s trick in the book to evade responsibility.

Any wonder the Church is in dire trouble with men like that at the head of it?


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