Today I attended  the  funeral of Cardinal  Cathal Daly.  He was  the  Catholic Archbishop of  Armagh and leader of  the  church in Ireland during a critical  time in  the island’s history.
 He gave  great moral leadership, and  showed  real  moral  courage, in opposing  the use  of  violence  to  achieve political  goals. The  so  called physical  force  tradition  in Ireland  has had a  great  deal of undeserved  respectability from historians  and romantics. Cardinal Daly  restored morality to  the  debate  by  stressing  the  sacredness of  human life and  the total  unacceptability of  the use of   violence as a  means of  resolving  the  differences  that  exist in Northern Ireland.  

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