When his world appeared to be crumbling, he found he could reach for something

07 September 2017 | by Brendan Walsh

Cormac Murphy-O'Connor


“Of course,” Cormac once confided, “it’s a little sad to think that when my obituaries come to be written, they will concentrate on the abuse affair.”


The cardinal and I met once a week for half a year or so to work on his memoir, An English Spring. He would stretch out his legs and tip his shoes on to the rug and I would switch on my little recorder. For the next few hours I would be transported to that unique Cormac terrain somewhere between the interior of a confessional and the members’ 

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