I think what is unique to Ireland is the absolute rejection of not only Catholicism, but a rejection of practically all things which require commitment, and an embracing of relativism, referred to above in a kind of warped Golden Rule, 'Do what you will as long as it harms none.' This at its best seems like a subjective relativism!Many cite clerical abuse for a 'rejection' of Catholicism, I think it right and proper that people voice their anger but an all out rejection is akin to 'throwing the bady out with the bathwater', and by this rational why haven't people abandoned and rejected politics, banking, media and indeed the sports world? To be flippant 'Coranation St.' seems to be as popular as ever despite the apparent abuse perpetrated by its stars and perhaps facilitated by others?...Someone always knows what's going on, isn't that the continuous accusation levelled at the bishops and priests who didn't abuse?With regards to the message of Christianity and the hardness of the Catholic Church and its interpretation of the Bible...look at Br Kevin, Fr McVerry, MQI & the Franciscans, The SVP, the Vincentians work with refugees, The Dominicans tireless works with AIDS/HIV patients hostels, the Legion of Mary Homeless Hostels....the list goes on!What is perhaps a little ironic, is the 'rejection' of one organised religion whilst 'embracing' another...moot 'a deliberate assembly' perhaps something akin to the household gathering of the early Christians 'staking their claim'? St Paul had something to say about these small gatherings which became elitist where the 'priviledged' ate and drank!One needs to be careful that these 'moot' gathering would not become another hierarchical 'organised' structures.I think Jesus would have concurred that perhaps one religion is not better than another but at some point there would have been a necessity to commit to something!
What ultimately connects us to the divine is the Incarnation, where God took on flesh in Jesus Christ,sharing our humanity so that we might share in his divinity.
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