Quotes in today's Irish Times from Archbishop Charles Brown:
What is being sought is someone, in "the words of Pope Francis. 'Who has the smell of the sheep' ". Someone who will be a good father, pastor, brother to his priests, with everything that implies....
someone who needs to be able to preach relatively well, and be able to communicate the beauty of the Catholic faith to his people.... someone who also needs to be able to administer relatively well'.
Elsewhere he says:
"I love Pope Benedict. I visit him when I go to Rome. I admire him with all my heart. I've been very, very influenced by him. I feel very, very close to him."
"I admire these three popes. I've had the joy of working for each of them, and I resonate in different ways with all three of them, but in the end there is only one Lord, and his name is Jesus Christ."
Today's Irish Examiner gives much space to the story that Bishop William Crean has banned Fr Tony Flannery talking at an event in Killeagh Parish in Co. Cork.
Before the development of Photoshop it was generally accepted that a picture tells a thousand stories.
Still, the picture of Charles Brown in today's Irish Times tells its own story.
The bishop of Cloyne was appointed to the diocese since Charles Brown became the Holy See's ambassador to Ireland.
What sorts of organisations and institutions and what sorts of people stop people from talking?
It's so embarrassing.