“a somewhat Jesuitical distinction..”

The RTÉ report contains signs of a potential power struggle involving various parts of the Irish arm of the Catholic Church, and the Irish State, in the aftermath of the Ryan Report – noted by Brian here. For the State, as the Irish Times’ Mary Raferty notes, former Irish government Minister, Michael Woods, has been defending the government’s 2002 agreement with the Church [indemnity for the religious orders inolved from all redress claims made by victims in exchange for payments and property transfers totalling €127 million], and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has been defending his actions. For the Church, the “18 congregations that signed the Redress Agreement with the Government in 2002” released this statement – “Rather than re-opening the terms of the agreement reached with Government in 2002, we reiterate our commitment to working with those who suffered enormously while in our care.” As the Irish Times also notes, that statement runs contrary to the expressed wishes of Cardinal Seán Brady and others, who had called for the 2002 deal to be “revisited”, and Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, “The religious congregations should look now at what has emerged and ask themselves is that the picture that we understood nine years ago, was that the reality nine years ago” – more from Archbishop Martin here. And, as the gardai examine the report, Cardinal Brady is to take it upstairs.. [To the Emperor? – Ed] The current Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, is waiting to hear what the Church decides to do.. Adds Brian has similar thoughts.Additionally, WorldbyStorm has a number of interesting posts on the Church/State issue, the latest one is here.

And As does P O’Neill.