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  • [1995:] About Eamonn Casey, one-time Bishop of Galway, before the deluge! (Pr. comm.)

    [1996:] Der Bischof des irischen Sprengels Galway, Eamonn Casey, ein eifernder Verfechter päpstlicher Prinzipien, mußte gehen, nachdem in Amerika ein Casey-Sohn aufgetaucht war, der auch noch von Schweigegeldern aus Kirchenpfründen lebte. (Der Spiegel, 10. Juni)

    [1996:] Until Bishop [of Argyll, Roderick] Wright's misadventures, perhaps the most notorious disgraced priest was the former Bishop of Galway, Eamonn Casey, who for the past four years has been a missionary priest in Ecuador. [...] While technically still entitled to be called a bishop, Casey, now 69, enjoys none of the prerogatives of a bishop, nor can he exercise any jurisdiction over church policy. On four visits home to Ireland, he has won the disapproval of colleagues for dressing as a bishop at a funeral, and was accused of publicity-seeking when he was photographed with Irish fans in Florida during the 1994 World Cup. (Martin Wroe, Observer, 22 Sep)

    [1996:] Ireland is a country where Catholic bishops have wielded real power. As late as the Fifties, for example, they in effect brought down the government by causing the resignation of a Minister who proposed to bring in free medical care for mothers and children. [...] The tumescent Bishop of Galway is a convivial chap, but he belonged to a masonry which has long exerted a malign influence on Irish life. The 'belt of the crozier' was a blow before which politicians traditionally cringed. It was instrumental in bringing down Parnell [see notes Avondale] and in distorting the country's constitution into its slavish acknowledgement of the 'special place' of the Catholic Church in the fledgling state. For decades, the hierarchy obstructed every attempt to reform or liberalise Irish education. [...]
    The signal service that Eamonn Casey performed was that his escapades finally punctured the cocoon of sycophancy, fear and obeisance which had enabled the Catholic bishops to dominate their flocks for so long. No cocoon, however entrenched, could survive the wave of ridicule unleashed by [his long-term lover] Annie Murphy's revelations. [...] The successful exercise of moral authority requires a certain amount of awe on the part of the audience, and it is difficult to stand in awe of a chap who you know for a fact has recently been humping his lady friend in a Lancia Saloon. (John Naughton, Observer, 22 Sep)

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