Belfast Telegraph

Good religion is inspiring

Pope Benedict may be grieved by the disgrace of part of his Irish Church, and worried about the behaviour of not just a few of his colleagues in the Vatican. However he can take heart from the career of the late Cardinal Kazimierz Swiatek, as outlined in a Times obituary this week.

The cardinal spent 10 years of hard labour and solitary confinement in Siberia in the Stalinist years, but went on to play a major role in the survival of the Catholic Church in the USSR. Bad religion, as in the Irish child-sex scandal, is sickening, but good religion, as in the devotion of Cardinal Swiatek, is inspiring.

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