People are praising Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today for addressing the dark past of the Catholic Church in Ireland in the presence of Pope Francis at Dublin Castle.
In the speech, given in front of members of the clergy as well as senior Irish politicians, Varadkar said that the history of the church is one of "sorrow and of shame." He added that "in place of Christian charity, forgiveness and compassion, far too often there was judgement, severity and cruelty, in particular towards women and children and those on the margins."
He then appealed to the Pope to use his "office and influence" to ensure abuse survivors receive "justice and truth healing".
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) August 25, 2018
A lot of people were impressed with how Varadkar spoke:
— Hugh O'Connell (@oconnellhugh) August 25, 2018
Leo Varadkar quotes the pontiff at the start of his speech
"Make Bridges not walls, because walls fall"#popeinIreland
— Seán Defoe (@SeanDefoe) August 25, 2018
— Rob O'Hanrahan (@RobOHanrahan) August 25, 2018
Gonna sound like a proper adult now but Leo Varadkar did the country proud in his speech to the pope..an maith Leo
— Jenny byrne (@jennybyrne23) August 25, 2018
— Lauren Burke (@Laurendeburca) August 25, 2018
The Varadkar speech struck a fair balance I think; admitting state abandonment & the good works of church before outlining obvious criticisms. #PopeInIreland
— Brian (@TheBrickovich) August 25, 2018
Wouldn't be a cheerleader of Varadkar by any means but that speech was top class...hit all the right notes ????????
— Ian Sheerin (@iansheerin) August 25, 2018
Varadkar’s speech impressed me
While noting the church’s role in supporting the early Irish State He also raised;
Changes in the law on
- the families
- women’s choices
Abuses by the Church
The dark shared history
No holds barred
— Michael O'Neill Russian Bot (@oneillquigley) August 25, 2018