Father Gonçalo Portocarrero de Almada, 4th Viscount of Macieira, is prelate of Opus Dei and has a weekly column at the Observer. Also writes for Voice of Truth, weekly newspaper of the Patriarchate of Lisbon – and not an obscure publication sponsored by an ultraconservative Catholic group. Not many priests have this media presence, and the most distracted perhaps even confuse their opinion with that of the Church. For my Catholic palate, his texts on Observer they are a sumptuous menu of abstrusities that I have always digested in silence. But the issue of child abuse is too serious to go unanswered.