Monday 28 January 2013

"Catholic" politicians

Does Enda Kenny have any sense of himself as a member of the Catholic Church?  Does any "Catholic" politician?  I take Kenny as an example based on this recent behaviour.  After all the years of Vatican II, after endless references to "the People of God" and being told that the Church was more than the bishops I see no evidence that the message has got through.  If anything, there was a far greater sense in the past of lay people being part of the Church.

For example, read this recent news article about the new coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh:

THE Taoiseach Enda Kenny today welcomed the announcement of the appointment of Monsignor Eamon Martin as Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh and successor to Catholic primate Cardinal Sean Brady when he retires.

"It's a matter entirely for the Catholic Church but I think the fact that the new appointment has some experience of the area of children protection and security obviously is very welcome," he said [always has to get the dig in.]

The Taoiseach said that he had "very good relations with the Catholic Church", adding that he was due to meet Cardinal Brady this afternoon to talk about what he described as "a very long agenda as part of the structure dialogue that I have with the churches. I'm very happy to engage with the [Catholic] church. We have lots to talk about".

Does this sound like someone who is actually a member of the Catholic Church that he's talking about?

And how delusional is he if he thinks he has "good relations" with the Church?  Perhaps his sense of separatedness is in preparation for when he introduces direct abortion legislation and can no longer receive Holy Communion.


  1. I think Enda Kenny is a perfect example of a Catholic who received his spiritual formation in the post Vatican II meltdown of the Irish Catholic Church. Nothing he says now surprises, after all FG's spiritual adviser is the notorious Fr Flannery.

  2. Well he started primary school in 1955, secondary school in 1963 so really should have benefitted from a decent religious education. But we known that RE has never been good in Ireland and the depth of religious formation have been poor both before and after Vatican II.