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Rowan Williams calls Diarmuid to say sorry

By Alf McCreary

Published 05/04/2010

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams expressed his “deep sorrow and regret” after saying the Catholic Church in Ireland had lost “all credibility”.

In Dublin's Pro-Cathedral, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said Archbishop Williams had spoken with him by phone explaining his “sadness” regarding some “unfortunate words” in his interview.

Church of Ireland Primate, Archbishop Alan Harper, called Archbishop Williams’ comments “unhelpful”.

Speaking in St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, he said: “The lay people of the Roman Catholic Church do not deserve to be criticised for the failings of some of their bishops and priests.”

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