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Ireland    DUBLIN ARCHBISHOP PREDICTS 'HOSTILITY FATIGUE' FOR CHURCH CRITICS
'Hostility fatigue' will inevitably overtake the current critics of the Catholic Church, Archbishop of Dublin Desmond Connell has told the Irish Catholic newspaper.
    A new generation is growing up which does not have the experience of reactions and resentments of the past which will 'undoubtedly' bring change to the church, he said.
    "It has been a very difficult time for the church; we are living in a transitional period," said the archbishop.
    Archbishop Connell will tender his resignation from his position next March when he reaches 75, which is required of all bishops under Canon Law.
    In an interview with the Irish Catholic newspaper on his 12-year stewardship of the Ireland's biggest diocese, he said he would hardly describe his tenure as enjoyable. He said: "The past 12 years have certainly been very challenging."
    The Catholic Church in Ireland has suffered a serious loss of credibility during the past decade following repeated revelations of clergy sexual abuse.
   
Irish Independent
20 Sep 00



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