As the Popes personal preacher plunges his master into deeper hot water by comparing him to Holocaust victims, the Archbishop of Canterbury declares the Catholic Church in Ireland has lost all credibility.”
Commenting for the first time on the crisis gripping the Catholic Church, Dr Williams said that the paedophile priest scandal had been a colossal trauma for Ireland in particular.
I was speaking to an Irish friend recently who was saying that its quite difficult in some parts of Ireland to go down the street wearing a clerical collar now, he told Andrew Marr for the BBC Radio 4 programme Start the Week, to be broadcast on Monday. And an institution so deeply bound into the life of a society suddenly becoming, suddenly losing all credibility thats not just a problem for the Church, it is a problem for everybody in Ireland.
Regarding Anglicans who seek to take up the Popes offer to help them convert, he pointedly refused to give them his blessing.
Adds In the same discussion Rowan offers more praise for the atheist writer Phillip Pulman than he does for the Pope.
Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London