The Pope will arrive in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in 2018 and , contrary to the demands of the Irish Times and others, his visit here should be less about humbly admitting that Ireland is no longer a Catholic country and more about declaring that it will always be a Catholic country.
The post-Catholic triumphalist narrative peddled by most media outlets (i.e. Irish Times, RTE and the rest of the West Brit nominally Protestant South Dublin media mafia) is one which is continuing to wreak havoc on this country with their divisive revisionism. We have 2,000 homeless children in Dublin, a healthcare system that is openly antagonistic to people with severe disabilities and we are reaching the tail end of the highest emigration rates in our history, as young people flee a materialistic dump which has offered them substantially less opportunity to provide for their own families and security than situations have for every previous generation. You wouldn't know this except in an abstract sense however as they are keen to re-emphasise that secular Ireland is as Utopian as it is progressive. Utopian 21st century Ireland is now a very violent place, grotesquely so, where the new order can offer gestures of abortion and state sanctioned same-sex marriage as opiates to substitute for true stability in traditional societal structures.
Pope Francis, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and the rest of the Catholic hierarchy owe the people of Ireland. Their silence during the great issues of our time have left Irish Catholics ostracised, derided and under constant barrages of wild hysteria from media outlets that have assumed the pulpit of political correctness, being entrusted with complete moral authority by the always gullible Irish public. When Diarmuid Martin said that the Catholic Church had received a 'reality check' after the same-sex marriage referendum, what he was really admitting was that the world was right, the Church was backwards. The Pope for his part said nothing, absolutely nothing, as the formerly most Catholic country in the world became so eager to lash out at its absent Church by voting in what was essentially a referendum designed to allow the sex lives of 1% of the population be used to carry out an act of spite against the Church. The 'Yes' side passed around fake leaflets claiming to be from the Church and convinced themselves that every Mass goer would be up in arms, only to find that Martin et al. were too cowardly to even defend marriage on tv, leaving it to lay people to do the work that they had solemnly vowed to devote themselves to. Public Catholics like Peter McVerry and Sister Stan apostasised and actively campaigned against God's sacrament of marriage. Complicit was McVerry and others in seeing €30 million go down the drain rather than being spent on our dilapidated hospitals and on housing our homeless.
What we were left with was a broken Irish Church. Many of the small number of young people who still attend Mass, participate in events, think that doctrine is optional and attendance is a bonus. The role of the Church in society now is simply to apologise for its past, a past that took place in a third world country. Apologise it must to a first world country, that ended its period as one of the world's richest economies with 26 children a year dying in state care and the most likely cause of death for a young man being by his own hand. Pope Francis has wounds to heal, but the wounds are not those of vicious journalists and those who categorise Catholic Ireland as a Shutter Island subplot. The wounds are of those genuinely hurt by abusive priests, whether in active harm being caused to others or the passive harm of neglect of their priestly duties.
When the Pope arrives here, he needs to do, as Trump has proven popular, speak for the silent majority who want to live in a peaceful society, earning a living for them and their family, with love and with faith.
With a possible referendum on the 8th Amendment,which protects children from being murdered in the womb by their mothers, looming large, it is high time that the Church gave Ireland a reality check. Regarding the glorious history of the land of saints and scholars, which I can assume was much better to live in than the land of dole and drugs, the Pope needs to affirm that Ireland's Catholic past can be a guide to its future.
Do any of these sound like things that Pope Francis would do?
No. But, at least we can't be accused of being given a 'reality check' when the next humiliation of the betrayal of Our Lord by His own appointed shepherds arrives at our door.