ENDA KENNY has this morning repeated his assertion that Ireland would welcome a visit from Pope Benedict XVI with the “proper decorum in respect of his position and his status”.
Kenny was speaking in the Dáil as rows continue to rage over the closure of Ireland’s embassy in the Holy See, with the Department of Foreign Affairs insisting that there was no political motive for the closure of the Vatican embassy.
The Pope has been invited to attend the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin later this year – and the Vatican is currently considering the invitation.
The government has consistently said that if the Pope indicates he wishes to attend the Congress, the government would then afford him a full diplomatic invitation.
While the Pope’s visit could be seen as part of the healing process after a stream of major inquiries into clerical sexual abuse, it may also be seen as an affront to the suffering that the clergy inflicted on innocent people.
Today we’re wondering what you’d think – would you welcome a visit by the Pope?