Wednesday, 20 May 2009

The Most Distressful Country

The fault of the avowedly secular Irish State, its first President a Protestant? No, of course not. The politicians and civil servants were just in charge, that’s all. They weren’t to blame. Perish the thought.

Yes, the State engaged the Church to run an awful lot of things in Ireland, although in fact the sheer scale of those undertakings provides the context for these particular cases. And yes, the priest was the natural leader of many a village.

But the State was controlled by the Church? Rubbish. Utter, utter, utter rubbish.

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