I’ll updated the blog throughout Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland. The most recent posts appear at the top. See full coverage from:
Pope Francis prays in silence at the Candle of Innocence for survivors of abuse pic.twitter.com/sdPQm37Ams
— Archdiocese Dublin (@DublinDiocese) August 25, 2018
Here’s a round up of first-day coverage:
Beginning one of the most fraught trips in his five years as pope, Francis described the “repellent crimes” and the church’s inability to deal with them as “a source of pain and shame for the Catholic community” — remarks some Irish criticized as familiar and lacking any mention of concrete steps for reform.
- From The Washington Post
From the outside, it’s easy to conclude that the entire World Meeting of Families unfolding in Dublin this week is a sideshow, since the major question of the moment concerns what Pope Francis is going to say or do on the exploding clerical sexual abuse scandals in the Church. The thing is, however, it’s not a sideshow for the real flesh-and-blood families who are here, and who need the support. … Whatever may be exploding in the media at the moment, Catholic families still have deeply personal challenges for which they look to the Church for help, whether it’s raising a special needs child or coping with the fallout of a divorce.
- John L. Allen, Jr., editor, Crux Now
On Saturday, as small clusters of supporters cheered the pope on sparsely populated streets, Francis sought to build a new church with his trademark pastoral style. He joked about marital spats and shared homespun wisdom with newlyweds, encouraged homeless people at a Capuchin monastery and rallied thousands at a World Meeting of Families event in a Dublin stadium. … The pope’s own advisers have warned that the church’s future depends on its success in addressing the existential threat of the abuse crisis.
- From The New York Times
If his visit were not so bafflingly short and he had taken the time to do what he does best – spend time with people who are marginalised and suffering – he might really have made a difference. He might have revivified the sense of Christianity as a radical option for the poor as opposed to a form of institutional power. But this visit feels too much like a ceremonial procession with a pastoral purpose added in as an afterthought for that to be possible.
- Fintan O’Toole, columnist, The Irish Times
His Holiness Pope Francis travelling by Popemobile through Dublin City. #PopeInIreland #PápaInÉirinn pic.twitter.com/I3iEucq5UY
— MerrionStreet.ie (@merrionstreet) August 25, 2018
I hope this visit can open a new chapter in the relationship between Ireland & the Church.Building on our intertwined history & learning from shared mistakes, it can be one in which religion is no longer at the centre of our society, but in which it still has an important place. pic.twitter.com/FhCnt5OmJZ
— Leo Varadkar (@campaignforleo) August 25, 2018
Pope Francis has arrived in Ireland, giving his first remarks about the clerical abuse scandal in the country.
The failure of ecclesiastical authorities – bishops, religious superiors, priests and others – adequately to address these repugnant crimes has rightly given rise to outrage and remains a source of pain and shame for the Catholic community. I myself share these sentiments.
But the speech is drawing criticism for lack of an apology.