The Popes Pastoral Letter to the people of Ireland is reflected upon by Rev Monsignor Hugh Connolly, President of St Patricks College Maynooth.

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The Popes Pastoral Letter to the people of Ireland is now reflected upon by Rev Monsignor Hugh Connolly, President of St Patricks College Maynooth. Listen as he outlines the content of the letter, understanding it in a papal context. His reflections mark the sensitivity with which the Pope writes while noting disappointment in parts and why, in light of abuse cases going unreported in countries throughout the world, the Pontiff chose to write to the Irish people in particular.

Rt Rev Monsignor Hugh G Connolly, BA, DD

President, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth

Priest of the Diocese of Dromore, ordained in 1987. Undergraduate studies St. Patricks College Maynooth BA (Hons) (NUI, 1983); BD (Hons) (Pontifical University, 1986); Postgraduate Studies: Gregorian University, Rome 1987-88 Licentiate in Theology (1988); Doctorate in Theology DD (1991).

Executive Secretary Irish Catholic Bishops Conference (June 1991 October 1997 [2 three-year terms]); Secretary and Member of Inter-Church Standing Committee On Mixed Marriages (1991-1997); Lecturer in Moral Theology, Pontifical University, Maynooth (October 1997), appointed Professor in January 2007. Member Conseil dAdministration, College des Irlandais, Paris (1997-2007); Vice-President St Patricks College Maynooth (1999-2007); Treasurer, Maynooth Union, June (1999- 2007); Secretary and Member of Maynooth College Finance Committee (1999-2007); Registrar, Pontifical University, Maynooth (2001-2006); President St Patricks College Maynooth (1st September 2007-present).