Church must adapt to change
Eighty years ago, when Dublin last hosted a Eucharistic Congress, the overwhelming majority of the nation pledged its everlasting loyalty to the Holy See.
During those fervent celebrations, it was difficult to separate nationality and religion. For many, there was virtually no distinction.
Nobody expected a repetition of those scenes at the congress which has just ended. There have been magnificent ceremonies, inspiring words, sincere reassurances; but the mood of the country, and its relationship with the Catholic Church, has changed radically and, by every indication, permanently.