Cardinal Cahal Brendan Daly died tonight. The 92 year old prelate has been in hospital suffering from heart trouble. The late Cardinal was a distinguished scholar in scholastic philosophy and was credited with writing Pope John Paul II’s famous speech at Drogheda in 79 when he visited Ireland. In that text Pope John Paul uttered the words to the IRA:
“On my knees I beg you to turn away from the paths of violence and to return to the ways of peace. You may claim to seek justice. I too, believe in justice and seek justice. But violence only delays the day of justice.”
Daly rigourously avoided interfacing with politicians. He was the bishop of Down and Connor before becoming Archbishop of Armagh and ultimately Cardinal. He was born Loughguile in Co Antrim and educated at St Malachy’s College in belfast where he later taught… He held senior post as a lecturer in scholastic philosophy in Queens Univeristy in Belfast, prior to his elevation within the Church.