FRANCIS HAS CONFIRMED THAT HE WILL VISIT IRELAND IN AUGUST AND CELEBRATE MASS FOR THE CROWD GATHERED IN THE PHOENIX PARK.
Personally, his visit is irrelevant to me and I certainly will not be going anywhere near his gathering.
But we do live in a free country and any person who wants to legally visit this country should be allowed to do so.
It is many years now since I stopped praying for the pope at my Masses - preferring instead to pray for: "all religious and world leaders".
For me, Francis is merely the CEO of a very corrupt multi-national organisation that is all about power, political influence, money and covering up institutional abuse at every level.
I regard myself as a Catholic Christian - a Christian who expresses his Christianity in the "Catholic" way as opposed to those who express their Christianity in the "Protestant" or "Orthodox" way.
I believe that Christ alone in the Head of the Christian Church.
Just like I do not believe that Queen Elizabeth is the "head" of a church I do not believe that Francis is either.
The notion that Francis' is the "vicar of Christ on earth" is as fanciful as is the notion that God is the Pope's vicar in heaven!
No, of course, do I believe in the fantasy of "infallibility".
For me, Francis is simply the Roman Catholic Bishop of Rome and that in political ways and for political reasons the bishops of Rome have forced their primacy on the other bishops of the world.
Nor do I believe that Francis is the successor of Peter. It is more than likely that Peter was never in Rome and that even if he was he was never the "bishop" of overseer/ episcopus of the early Christian Community.
There is absolutely no proof that the bones buried under St Peter's are the bones of St. Peter.
Personally, I think that the spending of £ 20,000,000 on Francis' visit to Dublin is an awful waste of money.
At the beginning of his papacy, many thought that Francis would bring change.
I think that this hope has been dashed.
Even if he wanted to, which I doubt, Francis would never be allowed to effect change by the corrupt curia mafia of cardinals, bishops and priests he is surrounded by.
The Irish Bishops are hoping that this £ 20,000, 000 papal carnival will help us all to forget about all the children abused by clerics, all the covering up done by bishops, the Saga of Gaynooth, the burying by nuns of hundreds of babies in septic tanks, The Dublin Abuse, The Cloyne Abuse, The Ferns Abuse and latterly The Dromore Abuse.
There is not a snowball's chance in Hell of that happening.
The Roman Catholic Church internationally, and in Ireland, has been shown up for the rotten empire it truly is.
Not a million Francis visits will change that reality.
The shindig in Dublin will simply be about the spiritually blind and compromised praising, preening and congratulating each other!
Who in their right mind would want to be part of that???