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Catholic newspaper applauds Taoiseach's Vatican speech

The Irish Catholic said in its editorial that the Taoiseach’s speech “captured the anger of a generation”.

A CATHOLIC PUBLICATION has said that Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s speech about the Vatican “captured the anger of a generation”.

The Irish Catholic has its front page entirely dedicated to an editorial on the speech this week, in which it states that “the time for hollow apologies is over”.

The editorial, titled Time for Penitence, states that “most remember an arrogant authoritarian Irish church and a privileged clerical caste that obsessed over sexuality and hell fire and neglected the tender compassion of Christ”.

Kenny’s speech “resonated with a younger generation”, said the editorial, and was an “emotional roar from much of Catholic Ireland to the Vatican for action now”.

The paper concludes that the Irish church “needs someone to grab it, shake it up and make it fit for purpose”, saying that Irish Catholics “love their church and want it back”.

While the Irish Catholic may have praised the Taoiseach for his speech, others were not so impressed.

According to the Political World forum, some mass-goers walked out of mass last Saturday at the Black Abbey in Kilkenny City after the priest called Minister for Justice Alan Shatter a “Jewish, non-practicing, atheist”.

As reported yesterday on, a Co Louth parish priest compared the Taoiseach to Hitler in a mass bulletin earlier this week.

Read the full editorial on the Irish Catholic website>

Read more: Column: No matter what, we still need the Church by Fr Tony Flannery>

Read more: Column: You, Me and the Holy See by Lisa McInerney>

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