WE’RE JUST WAITING FOR THE FAT NUN TO COME ON AND SING!
THE IRISH CATHOLIC CHURCH as we have known it (1922 – 1970s) is in decline and on the way out.
And that is a very good thing.
The Irish state that emerged post 1922 was a confessional Catholic state where politicians and others did what the bishops ordered.
The image of Eamon de Valera going down on one knee to kiss John Charles McQuaid’s ring says it all.
The real parliament of that state was the Purple Parliament of Maynooth.
The archbishop of Dublin could “sack” the health minister Dr Noel Browne.
And Dr Browne’s boss, the taoiseach proclaimed: “I am a Catholic first and a politician second”.
We must recognise that the RCC filled important roles in the early Ireland when it came to health, education and social care.
At the time the governments did not have the resources to deal with all these needs and were quite happy for the Church, with all its resources, wealth and free labour to fill these gaps.
It suited the Church too. It gave the Church enormous power and control.
And the governments paid the Church bodies well and facilitated a huge rise in the Church’s wealth.
It was church and state paradise.
But what about the poor people on the bottom – the poor children and parents, the unmarried mothers, the orphans etc.
They were at the mercy of Church and State.
And the bad fruits ripened over time – child sexual abuse by priests, brothers and nuns.
The emergence of the Magdalen laundries.
The horrors of the orphanages – violence, starvation, death and secret graves.
THE NEW IRELAND
A new Ireland has gradually emerged. The population as a whole are more educated.
The media has published the horrors of the past.
The Catholic Doctrines that defined and ran everyhing are now questioned and rejected.
The priest is no longer feared but rather suspected and even despised.
The Church’s wholesale hypocrisy is recognised.
It’s pious proclamations about giving to the poor are viewed alongside its massive wealth.
The people who once tried to control our sexuality are now seen as the most promiscuous and lecherous of all.