Healing our rotten State from within
Legitimate criticisms of the church aside, our ailing society would benefit from a dose of soul, writes Stephen J Costello
Dame Iris Murdoch, the Dublin-born British philosopher and novelist, once said about her books: "Better to have fewer and more worthy readers." That same motto has been applied to the Catholic Church in Ireland: better to have fewer and more worthy believers in it.
So goes one train of thought. The other is calling for a substantial change in the structures and teaching of the church itself. One is for renewal, the other for revolution. But there are no signs of Rome relenting on any radical reform. That hints too much of Protestant heresy.