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Comment #1190238 by Damon Matthew Wise

Damon Matthew Wise May 10th 2013, 6:34 PM #

As a recently confirmed de-naturalised for passport Irish, and thus back to Belgian passport holder, I have to observe that when the Pope John Paul II came to visit the Cardinal City of Mechelen the double standards of the church came to full view. In between two churches were an area for old Nuns and people in the care of the church – it was well known, that the orphanage had many illegitimate offspring of priest and/or nuns. In clearing the back-lanes between the streets, it was discovered that not only retired nuns were located in these back roads and alleyways, but that the churches had slits overlooking the entrance, so they could see who was coming and going. It was decided to relocate and pain and put flowers in to the area (not that far away from the Cardinals Palace. Cleared of all the prostitutes that earned the church the bulk of their money, the streets were almost deserted – they looked good; but suddenly the hidden history came out into the open – at age of 8 years old, I became aware of what was a secret underground. Gaye has been my best friend for years – I have trusted her with my life. In areas like this she speaks the minds of many, in ways that few would dare. She may not understand peoples motivations, and have been unintentionally hurt, but never forget she is a wise and valued consul on many issues. To us she is like a missing member of our family. On this the 18th anniversary of the funeral of our first son Gene, we miss her energy, spirit, drive and ideas, and a hole exists in our hearts as much as for our son for her she was like a surrogate sister, I could count on to bounce ideas off – I know she became hurt by the double-talk and skulduggery of political grandstanding on budgets – and deeply, deeply regret that I did not realise how hard it emboldened her anxiety. Ireland needs her expertise – in whatever way she is able to offer.

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