“ISIS has broken down the wall that separates childhood from adulthood” is a very powerful and instructive statement. How else would one explain the use of children as messengers of death by ISIS and other terrorists?
Old Bishop Daly was a hero of mine. In an age when the Catholic Church was betrayed by its own child-abusing priests, he was a man of great courage – in facing his own mortality after a terrifying stroke, just as he was when he waved a blood-soaked handkerchief in the face of British paratroopers, carrying the dying Jackie Duddy on Bloody Sunday.
Duddy was 17 when he was murdered by a British soldier of the 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment on 30 January 1972. Daly was 82 when he died this week. And he was a man whom I always associated – for all the right reasons – with death.
Less than two weeks earlier, Father Jacques Hamel (three…
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