Many ills in Ireland are attributed to the Catholic church, from the Magdalena laundries, paedophiles, abortion, poverty, etc., . It's my opinion that that blame culture is horse************************ and simply denial: local irish culture is to blame for these, not the church. Half of the Netherlands, half of Germany and half of Switzerland are catholic.
There is some completely messed up thinking that I keep reading here, an anti-church bigotry. The exclusion of prostitutes from the legislative debate is another example; just like Sweden which is trying to run a country based entirely on moral principles instead of actual reality. Why is Ireland doing these things? It is not the church, it is the actual Irish culture that does this.
Everything from abortion rights, suicide, paedophiles, high unemployment, crappy education is all blamed on the church. I am sick of it, because some of the wealthiest and most successful parts of continental europe are predominantly catholic. I am not particularly religious but the denial that so many wallow in to avoid having to actually effect change in society is unbelievable.
That's the end of my rant.