DERMO "NEVER AT HOME" MARTIN WAS AWAY ON ANOTHER JUNKET TRIP THIS WEEKEND - TO WURZBURG, GERMANY - TALKING ABOUT CHURCH AND STATE IN IRELAND.
He was making the point that there is great hostility in Ireland now to the Catholic Church. And so there is. There is also a growing anticlericalism.
But this hostility has not arisen because the Irish people are "bad" in any way.
It has arisen in response to a Catholic Hierarchy and clergy that has misruled Ireland for decades and centuries. We must acknowledge that many Catholic people and clergy/religious did good things here in Ireland.
But that good has been serious obscured by the emergence of so many abuse scandals by clergy and religious and by a hierarchy that covered it all up.
Apart from all the abuse scandals, many modern Irish people resent the stranglehold that the hierarchy and clergy had over our constitution, laws, social life, educational life, health service that turned Ireland into a CONFESSIONAL CATHOLIC STATE.
Not only was this bad for Catholics - but it also destroyed the Protestant population which was 12% in 1922 and quickly shrunk to 3%.
And it left the whole population subject to Roman Catholic teachings and deprived citizens of important things like family planning, divorce, contraception etc.
Many of our psychiatric wards were filled with poor individuals who not only had normal mental health problems - but those problems complicated by religious mania and chronic guilt.
And the of late we have been drowned with:
- The scandal of priests and religious abusing our children.
- The scandal of our young pregnant being locked up as permanent slaves in Catholic convents.
- The scandal of the deaths of children in Catholic-run orphanages and their burial in underground septic tanks.
- The scandal of hypocritical clerics like Eamon Casey and Michael Cleary.
- The Maynooth scandals of clerics involved in internet sex.
Quite understandable the Irish people are screaming "ENOUGH".
And they are putting the blame firmly where it belongs - on the Roman Catholic institution and its bishops, priests, brothers and nuns.
If Ireland is HOSTILE it has been driven to hostility by Diarmuid Martin & Co.
If Ireland is anticlerical it has been forced to that position by clerics without consciences, ethics and compassion.
The Roman Catholic Church must draw back and rethink its position and its practices.
It must stop expecting to be treated with favouritism .
It must stop expecting doctors, judges, lawyers, policemen, civil servants etc to be afraid of the POWER OF THE CROSIER.
Go away boys and do some reflection and penance.
Then come back to us and ask our forgiveness.
Give us back our hospitals and our schools.
And when we SEE that you have changed - we might call off our hostilities.
In the meantime remember it's not the 1950's. Ireland has changed. We are becoming a modern 21st-century European pluralist and secular democracy.
You will not stop that procession towards democracy, pluralism and secularism.
Accept that modern reality or "GET THEE TO A NUNNERY".