Vatican't is finished but true believers can still save faith
Published 19/12/2010 | 05:00
AS the two-thousand-and-tenth birthday of Christ approaches, it seems worthwhile to examine the spiritual condition and worthiness of those who claim to represent Christ on our behalf, though they know well Christ doesn't need a representative.
Early in the year we were scandalised by the Bishop of Ferns, who, in a suicidal act of luminous offence, actually dared to declare in a public statement that in the five years since the publication of the Ferns Report (which was our first real inkling of the horror), the diocese had had to fork out so much money to victims and lawyers that it was broke and the Irish people had "a God-given responsibility" to help pay.
He actually dared to suggest that if we told him "go fuck yourself", that would not be true Christian behaviour! As if he had a right to talk about Christian behaviour. His house had to be re-mortgaged, he said to reporters. When the whole shagging country was in the same boat. Poor Diddums.