I don’t know why people are celebrating the resignation of all these bishops.
What does it matter if they step down from positions within their private club? They can dance around a marshmallow effigy of the Pope while wearing only a ring of bananas for all I care. That’s a matter for their followers.
Of much greater importance is the influence the Catholic clergy have on Irish secular life, in our schools and hospitals. That’s where the problem lies, and no resignation by an arrogant old man will make the slightest difference since he’ll simply be replaced by an equally arrogant, if slightly younger, man. These guys retain the power to hire and fire private individuals if they don’t like their beliefs or their personal lives, though they rarely used such powers against members of the clergy, preferring to sack teachers for being in loving relationships.
Today, on the brink of 2010, there are teachers all over the country hiding their private relationships in case some parish priest should take umbrage and have them fired.
This is a fact that no resignation by a bishop will change, and therefore it’s time to get our eyes back on the ball.
Forget what Diarmuid Martin thinks. Forget what the Pope thinks. Forget what these old men do as bishops. That’s their own business.
The answer is for this State to show maturity and simply remove the clergy from any role in education and healthcare.
All of them.
They have nothing to contribute anyway, and there’s no reason to have them there.