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Dublin and Rome continue to row

04 August 2011

by Gregg Ryan Ireland Correspondent

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.

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