Thursday 23 November 2017

Garry O’Sullivan: A lot done -- but the church is at a crossroads

Fred and Sheila Clause, Gladys Valerie and Barbara Ginn from Atlanta, Georgia at Statio Orbis, the closing ceremony of the 50th International Eucharistic congress at Croke Park
Fred and Sheila Clause, Gladys Valerie and Barbara Ginn from Atlanta, Georgia at Statio Orbis, the closing ceremony of the 50th International Eucharistic congress at Croke Park

THE Pope's address was not the highlight of the Eucharistic Congress -- and he was right to keep it that way. The congress was always going to be understated. This allowed a realistic check on the state of the church in Ireland.

An old priest told me that the Eucharistic Congress in the RDS last week was the best sense of being an Irish Catholic he has had since his ordination.

That says a lot about the starvation Irish Catholics have suffered at the hands of an institutional church.

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