Robert is right. The Roman Catholic religion will continue to shrink in Ireland.
Parish churches and chapels will close and become homes, nightclubs, bingo halls etc.
Like in France, one aging priest will look after many parishes.
RC schools will close and parents and others will be the new patrons.
Baptisms, Confirmations, church marriages and church funerals will decline and be replaced with other rites of passage.
Mass attendance will dwindle and consist of older ladies and their grandchildren.
THE CAUSE OF THE SHRINKAGE
In his video, Robert puts the blame on the bishops and priests for failing to hand on the faith to the new generations.
He also points to Catholic schools that no longer teach children their faith.
In fact, many, if not most teachers in Catholic schools no longer practice their faith themselves.
And in all of this, many are falling away – younger people, men etc.
Sometimes, people blame the secularisation and mayerialisation of the world. And I’m sure these play a significant role.
THE ROLE OF THE SCANDSLS AND ABUSE
The last 30 years of Church scandals are playing a big role.
It started to gain traction in 1992 when Bishop Eamon Casey was outed for having a passionate affair with an American woman and producing a son.
And then there was:
The tsunami of the abuse of children by priests, Brothers and nuns.
The exposure of the Magdalen Laundry Consentration Camps.
The secret mass graves of children as in Tuam.
The selling of orphans by nuns running orphanages.
The exposure of the widespread homosexual activities of priests and seminarians – tied to the gay Grindr App.
The Maynooth “Summer of Love”.
And it goes on and on………..
CHURCH AS SHAM – CLERGY AS DESPERADOES
In a few short years Irish people, and people elsewhere, realised that the Catholic Church they thought was one thing was really another thing.
Instead of it being about God and faith and prayer, it was instead just another deeply corrupt international conglomerate.
It was about money, control and a great sex life for the executives and those at the top.
Those at the “bottom” were basically told to pay up, pray up, and shut up.
While those at the top laughed all the way to the bank and the gay sauna.
A POWERFUL MEDICINE – SYRUP OF MAGISTERIUM
And to cover all this up they have brainwashed millions and millions of ordinary Catholics over years and centuries.
They have convinced them that they are God’s true representatives on earth and anything they say, God says.
Even Robert, with all due respect, has swallowed this “medicine” – magisterium, tradition, papal infallibility, ontological change, etc, etc.
It’s all a cover for what’s really gone on and is going on.
Roman Catholicism, is as strange in some ways as Scientology or extreme Islam.
Roman Catholicism, in many of its forms, is a distortion of Christianity – the suffocating ivy over growing God’s house.
The option for us THINKING CATHOLICS is to go back and rediscover the “church” of Jesus’ time and the New Testament time.
And then try and live that.