By Michael Brennan
Wednesday February 01 2012
ARCHBISHOP Charles J Brown is the youngest Papal Nuncio to have been appointed here.
The 52-year-old is also the first whose first language is English — most of his predecessors having been Italian speakers.
His appointment is being viewed with optimism by the Irish Catholic Church, which has been severely weakened by abuse scandals, falling Mass attendance and declining vocations.
But he has already made it clear that he wants to “help” the church here rather than impose a Vatican-inspired view upon it. He has stated clearly that it is the bishops of Ireland who are in control of the church in Ireland.
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