So I read a recent article about Ireland, the Pope’s upcoming trip to Ireland, the past abuses in Ireland, and what type of protests are acceptable.
Honestly, this article bothered me a lot. I felt it was taken out of context, and some blame put on the Catholic church was unfair.
I’m of Irish decent and I’ve been their many times. To put things in context…
Ireland had massive problems of every sort for the last 200 years (200 years at the very least)…
- Massive famine
- Massive poverty up until the 1960’s to 1970’s. My family describes visiting relatives that lived in a house with a dirt floor in the 1950’s. Parts of Ireland may have been considered a third world country 50 years ago in Europe.
- Massive ongoing emigration
- War and civil war that was ongoing from 1916 to 1999
- A completely isolated Northern Ireland
The point that I ask is how are all the bad things that happened in Ireland blamed on Catholic Church. I see it differently, the Catholic church tried to hold a nearly broken country and people together. Often it was the only functional part of that entire society.
As always, try to be constructive with the discussion…