THE acrimonious exchanges between the Roman Catholic Church and the Irish government have not abated (News, 29 July).
One parish priest, the Very Revd Thomas Daly, has expressed his regret for comparing the Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, to Hitler, in a parish newsletter. Under a headline “Heil Herr Kenny”, the parish bulletin for Togher, Co. Louth, said: “The last European leader to make such a blistering attack on the Pope was the ruthless German dictator Adolf Hitler.”
There has been a sceptical reaction to the news that the former Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, who was recalled from Dublin to Rome, is to be moved to a new appointment in Prague. Although the Vatican originally said that the Archbishop had been recalled to assist it in its response to Mr Kenny’s criticisms of the Church, commentators have suggested that this was not the real reason, and a swift and satisfactory response from the Vatican to the criticisms is still awaited.