Why Pope is the only hope to save church
* This year, I look forward to seeing the inspiring example of Pope Francis transforming the way we see religion in Ireland, particularly that represented by the Catholic Church. The depth of self-delusion that has taken all expressions of faith off-course demands some fundamental root-and-branch thinking.
Ireland is going through the pain of the realisation that the country has been in the grip of a very fallible church, a church one hopes to see coming of age, intensifying the realisation that blind obedience to an institution, religious or otherwise, creates and sustains infantile dependence, eliminating intelligent engagement.
The church that so many young people have renounced is not the church of Christ but a man-made caricature that seemed to be pleading for rejection.