In November 1993, the Sunday Tribune published this profile of Bishop Eamon Casey by journalist Veronica Guerin. This edited version is republished today as part of a series of articles - 'Remembering Veronica' - To commemorate the anniversary of her death 20 years ago this month
In a series of interviews, Bishop Eamon Casey has told how he became infatuated with Annie Murphy but was told only shortly before the birth of their son that he was the father.
On a number of occasions Bishop Casey was accompanied by priest friends during the interviews and discussions. He asked that the location where the interviews took place not be disclosed.
"I feel I let down Annie, Peter, the people, my priests and my colleagues and I am very, very sorry about this. I left a shadow over them all. Of course I let them down, very much so," said Bishop Eamon Casey in the last minutes of a series of interviews that took place over several days.
Asked what he would say to Catholics who felt ashamed by what he did, he replied: "I'm sorry, please forgive me.
"I believe that forgiveness is a growing experience but, as I see it, what happens when you sin is that you frustrate God's design in you and that is what I did.
"Forgiveness for me means that God, who is the source of all life, is always life-giving and love-healing and, in spite of our failings, helps us become what he created us to be."
Asked what he felt about the whole affair now, he said:...
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