The decline of the Church is perhaps felt nowhere more acutely than in Ireland. Once a model of holiness and apostolic zeal, its downfall is a serious wakeup call for The Church in America and other countries.
Note on why comments are blocked :
People can't keep from filling their comments with swear words, personal insults, and even physical threats. Even the people who began nicely and politely then degenerated into personal insults after I engaged with them.
No-one needs racism, physical threats, insults etc. etc. I don't want to read it, and is it really worth anyone's time to post?
People aren't talking about the topic of the video - this video isn't about contraception and the African AIDS crisis. But people want it to be, because they have some things to say about it.
When we've tried to engage people on what and why the Church does what she does commentators simply haven't believed us; we say the Church doesn't do this for money or control, and we oppose contraception because it is morally evil etc.
And people tell us that is not the reason, or say "Salvation, yeah, whatever, but really ...."
If people aren't going to accept our words about our reasons and motivations, there is no rational dialog possible.
In the end, we'll be called cowards and every other name under the sun - we've been called that before (and worse, in these comment boxes) so we don't mind.
God bless, and we will be praying for all of you. We apologize for any lack of charity we have displayed in our reponses to anyone and for any other personal wrongdoing we have done. We cannot apologize for any wrong doing done by other members of the Church (or for people who might not be Catholic but who claim to be Christian etc.) but we deeply regret it and we'd rather it wasn't done.