I'm surprised at Matt Cooper being in bed with this shower. I always thought he had some integrity.
Another journalist who has outed himself as a tool of the bishops is Pól ó Muirí of the Irish Times who has an article in the Jesuit magazine, Studies. (There's a thread running on Politics.ie at the moment).
Maybe we should compile a list of journalists and commentators who are involved in this Iona conspiracy.
I don't think you've picked up Cooper correctly on this. If you read the article, he hardly comes across as a 'tool of the bishops'.
Here's the full quote:
Brady’s speech got little enough media attention: pronouncements from the clergy do not carry the heft they once did. But it was an interesting intervention because it followed closely the tack taken by the Iona Institute in recent times on this very issue. That lay organisation has lobbied publicly on many social issues, offering non-clerical spokespeople who are highly articulate, in agreement with the church position and who do not suffer from the negative perception that has attached to the Catholic Church because of its involvement in many scandals.
The whole point of the article was to condemn Brady & Iona for their stance on gay marriage.
I e-mailed Justine McCarthy to see if she was aware of it and to ask her what article her quote came from. She replied:
It was a column around September about fundamentalists that provoked a letter to the Sunday Times from Richard Green and a column in the Irish Catholic by David Quinn!