Saturday, March 17, 2012

St Patrick's Day Greetings, Notes on the Man, and the Church's Problems in Ireland

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!  Remember the lessons of Bishop Patrick: chase the snakes and your vices with God's love.

Hero for all

St. Patrick is more than a Roman Brit, who's ancestors became Welsh as modern English are descended from Saxon, who brought Christianity to Ireland.  He is also an advocate for true Christian practice (he argued against Christian kings who acted unchristian-like to the Irish) and he stood up to corrupt members of the Church.  Read St. Patrick's Confession to see his writings justifying his outreach against those who accused him of rocking the boat of the establishment.

Problems in Ireland

Sadly now is not a good time for the British Patrick's beloved Ireland and the Church of Rome.  Ireland's church is suffering from establishmentitis. 
  • The Church was rocked by a massive sex scandal involving sex abuse much more than in the United States as well as sexual activity between clerics.  
  • There are approximately 6 million Catholics on the island of Ireland which have twenty-six dioceses.  That makes for huge overhead for a huge bureaucracy.  In comparison of Archdiocese of Los Angeles has 4.6 million.

Due to the Church's fall from grace because of the sex scandal the ruling, formerly Christian Democratic, Fine Gael party has turned on the Church by closing their embassy with the Vatican.

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