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Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington – with Pope Francis in 2015 – has pulled out of the World Meeting of Families where he had been invited as keynote speaker

[Cardinal Wuerl’s] no-show adds additional pressure on Francis to tackle the abuse scandals head on while he’s in a country which, arguably, has been more scarred by them than any other place in the world.

The problem for the Church isn’t really the crime, it’s the cover-up.

Sixteen years since the crisis first erupted in the U.S., almost ten years since that happened in Ireland, and now more than five years since Francis was elected, the Catholic Church still has no credible, transparent process for handling cases when the accusation against a bishop isn’t the direct commission of abuse but rather covering up someone else’s crimes.

Francis has taken tentative steps in that direction, but to date they’ve remained largely a dead letter.

The central lesson of the Wuerl drama may be precisely this: In the absence of a mechanism to pursue these cover-up claims, it’s the worst of both worlds.

Bishops who really did drop the ball aren’t held accountable, and those whose reputations have been unjustly smeared have no recourse to defend themselves.

Perhaps it’s premature to expect that Francis’s trip to Ireland in one week’s time will bring definitive answers as to how to build such a system.

Yet if the pope simply acknowledges it’s the right question to be asking, that could strike many people here and elsewhere as progress.

After Wuerl’s pullout, Pope in Ireland may have to face not just crime but cover-up (The Crux)



Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Promotional materiel advertising  the preparatory Pastoral Congress at the World Meeting of Families 2018. which starts on Wednesday and will discuss issues ahead of the Pope’s visit at the weekend.

Earlier: You Can Feel The Excitement

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Ronan Shaw writes:

This arrived in the post this morning. List of closed roads (also as gaelige on the flip side).

Plus glorious low res map that @GardaTraffic tweeted before now scaled to A3.

Interesting legend for those red dots on the M50 junctions… ‘No cars past’ .. that’s news afaik .. If true it’ll be great for being out on the bike.


Previously: He A Plan For You



Pope Francis (left) will visit Knock Shrine (right) during the Papal visit

What The Virgin At Knock Would Say If She Could Speak

We need to get back
to when confirmed bachelors
found their own kind through holes in cubicles
during untelevised All Ireland Finals.
To when there were no government funded
lesbians on display in public parks,
or self-confessed sodomites in the Senate.
To when there was no obscene use for
Vaseline, or sexual intercourse in Headford.

To when no one put Coke bottles
where they weren’t supposed to go.
And there were no automatic
washing machines for women to sit on
when Rock Hudson was unavailable.
To when the Irish people stood
at the end of lanes waiting
for nothing to happen,
which it mostly did.

To when young ones who forgot to cross
their legs at the crucial moment could be put
steam ironing curtains for the golf club, sheets
and pillowcases for your mother’s B&B;
still be safely there eight o’clock
in the evening having hot flushes
the hottest day of that century
to which we must get back.

Kevin Higgins

Pics: Getty

Historian and activist Catherine Corless at the site of the mass grave at the former Tuam Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway

Survivors and relatives of infants from the Tuam mother and babies home are planning a peaceful vigil in Co Galway to coincide with the papal Mass [on Sunday, August 26] in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

….Ms [Catherine] Corless and members of the Tuam Babies Family Group will light candles and place a special sculpture made by Flemish women in the shape of a baptismal font at the grave site of the former Bon Secours home.

Tuam mother and baby home survivors to hold vigil during pope’s visit (Irish Times)



Traffic restrictions to accommodate the Pope’s arrival in Dublin On Saturday,  August 25 and the Papal Mass the following day.

Feet, don’t fail me now.


Papa Visit – Temporary Road Closures (Dublin City Council)


Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1

The Veritas religious shop pushing Vatican ‘merch’, including 18.95 Pope Francis cardboard chairs, for the forthcoming Papal visit.


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Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, of Boston, and Pope Francis in 2015

Quite the day, in fairness.

Cardinal O’Malley cancels Ireland trip to focus on St. John’s Seminary investigation (Boston Globe)

Earlier:”We Will Not Stand By”

Rosita Sweetman: Please Stay At Home

Over 1,000 Children Targeted By Predator Priests

Pic: AP

This morning.

Maynooth, County Kildare

Skoda Ireland has announced it will be the official “car partner” to the World Meeting of Families 2018 and the Papal visit.

When Pope Francis arrives in Dublin he will be transported in a Skoda Rapid (above).

Three identical Rapids have been reserved for the event; each one customised to individual requirements.

Leon writes;

Modified glass has been installed for improved visibility, each vehicle has been provided in a custom navy-blue colour by request and chrome flag poles have also been installed to  to the passenger-side fenders, which will display the Vatican flag…


Earlier: Over 1,000 Children Targeted By ‘Predator Priests’

Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland




This morning/afternoon.

Phoenix Park, Dublin

Master of Ceremonies Father Damien Mc Neice (above) on the site where Pope Francis is to give the closing Mass on Sunday August 26. The Media were briefed on the arrangements for the World Meeting of Families 2018. (WMOF2018) this morning.

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