Saturday, 26 May 2018

Irish Ayes

When the Pope goes to Ireland later this year, then he should visit only Northern Ireland. So much for Catholic schools. But we knew that, anyway. And so much for Catholic Ireland. But we knew that, anyway, too.

The Catholic Church in Britain and the wider English-speaking world needs to stop the cultural cringe to Ireland; tellingly, nowhere else has ever had it, or has ever seen Ireland as anything more than peripheral to the Church.

And people who wish to get on in the Irish Republic need to be told to stop writing made up misery memoirs about nasty nuns and what have you, because no one can any longer be bothered to pretend that Ireland was ever a country in which "the Church controlled everything".

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