Time for my favourite Desmond Connell story.
When Connell's appointment as archbishop was announced in 1988, Fintan O'Toole used his column in the Irish Times to comment. The priest had no pastoral experience, and O'Toole argued he was unsuited to lead the second largest diocese in Europe with huge social problems (unemployment and poverty were sky high, heroin was a major scourge). All his priestly life Connell had been an academic. O'Toole had done his digging: Connell had done a doctorate in Louvain, which included a chapter on the theology of angels.
In parallel, the debate on decriminalising homosexuality was in the news in Ireland because David Norris had just won his case in the European Court of Human Rights. A journalist asked Connell for his views on this issue, and he replied with the standard church line at the time: that homosexuality was an 'intrinsic disorder'.
Then another journalist had the bright idea of asking Norris what he thought of what Connell thought of homosexuality. He got his answer: "The bishop may be an expert on angels, but he knows fuck all about fairies."