Aleteia, Meg Hunter-Kilmer: Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy had no way of knowing that he would be such an enormous failure.
Born to a noble Irish family in 1455, McCarthy studied in Paris, served in a tribunal in Rome, and was made a bishop at only 27. The pope himself had to dispense him of the minimum required age. By all measures, Bishop McCarthy was on the path to great success. Read the rest of the story here..