It was with great pain that I listened to our Taoiseach’s speech in Dáil Éireann yesterday as he launched a treacherous attack on our very way of life here in Ireland. Little did I think to see such an assault coming from a man so steeped in Irish culture, tradition and faith.
All Taoisigh, of every political hue, have shown due respect to the Holy Father and to those Cardinals with whom he chooses to confer on matters of faith and morals.
Mr Cowen showed such respect when he defended Dr Leanza in our national parliament after the Ferns commission of inquiry had the impertinence to question the Nuncio’s word.
Mr Ahern before him was, and remains, a fervent adherent of the faith that saw our forefathers through good and ill over the centuries. It was he who protected the religious congregations from penury when it was proposed to distrain their property in order to pay off those who might bring false claims against them.
Mr Cosgrave, as we know, voted with his conscience, when he crossed the floor of the chamber to strike down his own party’s motion that would have opened the floodgates to contraception and all manner of moral decay in our land.
Mr Haughey likewise was a staunch defender of Catholic values who fought all his life against the twin evils of artificial birth control and divorce. Even when non-believers brought false witness againt him in tribunal and in court, Mr Haughey stood firm in his defence of morality.
Mr Corish, leader of the Labour party declared himself to be a Catholic first and then an Irishman. Bravo, Mr Corish!
Obedience to hierarchy was the order of the day for John A Costello and for Dr Noel Browne.
The great Eamon deValera himself was not above bending the knee to the Archbishop, and he was a better man for it.
Yet despite all this great tradition, the upstart Kenny has chosen to offer disrespect — nay! a brazen insult — to the very heart of the great world movement that is Catholicism. The one true church.
Meanwhile, Mr Kenny’s partners in crime, the Communist Labour Party are seeking to remove control of the schools from the Catholic hierarchy. I think they will have a long wait. Ha ha. The Catholic church will still be in Ireland long after they and their ilk have vanished.
As for Mr Charles Flanagan calling for the expulsion of the Papal Legate, I must confess that I am flabbergasted. I myself was present in 1978 when his late father, Oliver J Flanagan was conferred with a Papal Knighthood for his staunch defence of the Faith in Ireland. I knew Oliver J personally and I can say without fear of contradiction that he would be hanging his head in shame if he could see what has become of the Fine Gael party that he loved.
I am still reeling with the shock of it, that a Taoiseach, an Irishman and a Catholic takes it upon himself to question not only the Irish bishops, but even the Apostolic Nuncio.
What on earth has this country come to?