Papal Visit To Ireland: Write Your Own Open Letter To Pope Francis…

Papal Visit To Ireland: Write Your Own Open Letter To Pope Francis…

Open Letter to Pope Francis…

I am shocked beyond words at your silence during the abortion referendum in Ireland. A small group of us, Scots, went over to Dublin in order to help save the lives of the unborn babies at risk of being killed if a YES vote resulted so we remain in shock that the Pope himself remained silent throughout and yet plans to visit Ireland to attend a meeting ostensibly about “family” despite the fact that a keynote speaker is an LGBT-Z activist priest. We were treated appallingly by the majority of the Irish people whom we encountered on our visit – nasty and completely sold to the values of this world. YOU encouraged that by your silence.

You are easily the worst-ever pope in the history of the Church and a future pope and Council will denounce you as it denounced Honorius I. Think of the book titles, the headlines: From Honorius I to Francis I. Roll on!

Used to be that the jibe “is the Pope Catholic” was a joke. No more. Your alleged Catholicity is now the joke. So, enjoy your visit to Ireland, enjoy the World Meeting of Families – just don’t try to pass the event off as “Catholic”.

With no condemnation (however belatedly) of the shocking pro-abortion vote, and your willingness to share a platform with a priest who will present, as a good, one of the four sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance, your presence at this event can only serve to further attack the teaching of Christ’s Church.

You, Papa Francis, are about as Catholic as the nearest Imam.

Signed… Editor, Catholic Truth


Click here to send YOUR open letter, albeit short and to the point, to Pope Francis via the Irish Times, ahead of his visit to Ireland later this month. And then feel free to copy it onto the blog and/or share your thoughts about the forthcoming World Meeting of Families.  

Comments (74)

  • leprechaun

    Madam Editor,

    In the old days, when Jack was a lad and the raison d’être for the blog was the education of any who wanted to know more about the Catholic Faith, I learnt much from the erudite responses from Athanasius.
    I have only limited time these days to participate (for reasons of which you are aware) but I feel compelled to say that the blog has lost a dimension through the absence of Athanasius.
    On no account should dirty linen be washed in public, and I appeal to you, In the name of Charity, to reach an accommodation whereby he will feel inclined to share his encyclical knowledge once more with the bloggers and lurkers who come to the well.
    I do hope you are not serious about dosing him with those four squares of Exlax in your animated jpg with which you are awaiting his return.
    Do keep those drums rolling . . .

    August 20, 2018 at 5:53 pm
    • editor


      The raison d’être for the blog has always been, and remains, education in the Catholic Faith – not just “in the old days, when Jack was a lad…”

      And I know that Athanasius will not take offence – indeed he will fully agree with me [or else!] – when I remind you that all of our bloggers work hard to contribute to that education – taking time to research and post informative comments on all sorts of subjects. So, while Athanasius is, of course, welcomed back and will, no doubt about it, add richly, once again, to our conversations, let’s not minimise the effort and contributions of others over the years since we launched the blog.

      There are, of course, those who “lurk” or who only appear when a topic is of interest to them personally – not terribly apostolic, but understandable humanly speaking, so, I would urge all of them to sign up to comment, as well. Everyone has something to say, some contribution to strengthening the Faith in others – even if it is only a word of encouragement – a “Well said!” can make blogging well worth the effort.

      As for your “the blog has lost a dimension through the absence of Athanasius” – why do you never say things like that about me? Sometimes I’m gone for hours at a time… Do I get a royal welcome on my return? Nope. Jealous? Me? Moi?–minion-jokes-minions-quotes.jpg

      August 20, 2018 at 9:44 pm
  • Athanasius


    Thank you for your very charitable remarks. I am deeply grateful for your kindness.

    My absence from the blog, however, has been largely due to circumstances unrelated to a difference of opinion with Editor. It was a minor difference really. I still have the lump to prove it!

    Seriously, though, there have been other pressing matters of which Editor is aware. I was just thinking the other day how little I write these days compared with times gone by. I’m just really busy on the roads during the day and I guess a little fed up with the liberal editors out there who just sensor anything remotely Traditional. I need to get back into 12 bars of chocolate every day to give me that hyperactive approach again!

    God bless you and the great work you’re doing for Our Lady.

    August 20, 2018 at 6:21 pm
    • editor


      You still have that lump?


      August 20, 2018 at 9:46 pm
  • Athanasius


    I thought the retort may have read “you’ve always been a lump”!

    August 20, 2018 at 9:49 pm
  • gabriel syme

    This is the kind of thing popping up in Ireland ahead of the world meeting and Francis visit:

    The “Tuam baby scandal” – when the evil Church was to blame for the sad deaths of children in an age of poverty and pre-penicillin – is also being reanimated it seems.

    The attitude towards the Church, taken some people in Ireland right now, is absurd. They accuse of the Church of brutality and wickedness, even as their gleeful celebrations over voting for abortion still ring in our ears. They are shameless hypocrites and seem to lack any form of self-awareness.

    There is also very much an angry notion that Irish society has thrown off the Church, an oppressor (like the British), and is now ‘free’ and accordingly infinitely more sophisticated. In reality they are essentially Governed by Brussels, which checks and approves their Government budget plans and tells them to “vote again” if it doesn’t like the outcome to any particular referendum.

    The meek subservience towards Brussels is amazing – and baffling – to see from Ireland’s youth, who are so fiery and aggressive when it comes to what they perceive as negative influences: the Church or others who inhabit these British Isles.


    What is annoying about the above, is that no Catholic Bishop or writer will cause a stir about this in public.

    I think the Church events in Ireland should have been cancelled. I think there are various factors which could result in the events being a real debacle.

    August 21, 2018 at 11:55 pm
    • editor

      Gabriel Syme,

      I hope (no doubt in vain) that the bishops announce that they are refusing cohabitees and others who are living in a counter-witness to the Church (i.e. the lapsed) that they may no longer avail of church services for weddings and baptisms. “We MAY make an exception for funerals, we’ll think about it…” would be the subject of my next interview with the Irish Times, if only I were the head of the Bishops Conference of Ireland… Can you imagine how such an interview with the IT would make my day! .

      August 22, 2018 at 4:38 pm
      • Spiritus


        if you were head of the Irish Bishops conference, they’d all be running for cover!! It would be great if the Irish (and other) bishops would ensure that lapsed Catholics do not use the church for their own selfish ends ( such as turning up, half dressed, for occasions such as baptisms, first communions, confirmations and weddings, or at Christmas and Easter only). The days of dressing up for such things is long gone and women in particular think nothing of turning up in garments that would have made even “fallen women” blush in days gone by.

        August 22, 2018 at 4:43 pm
  • Spiritus

    My letter to Pope Francis would go something like:
    “Your Holiness, I assume that in your efforts to eliminate abuse by Catholic clergy you will again ensure that men with homosexual tendencies are refused admission to Catholic seminaries, that those already attending seminaries are expelled, and that clergy found guilty of abuse, and those with unnatural tendencies are laicised. You might also consider proving your humility by calling on the Catholic bishops of the world to join you in consecrating RUSSIA to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as she has requested many times over the past 89 years (June 13th,1929, vision of Sr. Lucia at Tuy). If and when this is done the world will know a period of peace, and who knows, you may be then viewed as a great Pope for having done so (!!). It will also go some way towards making reparation for the damage you are doing to the Body of Christ, and will help you to gain the necessary graces to avoid a terrible judgement and save your immortal soul for which Our Lord himself paid a terrible price on the Cross.”

    I’m not going to Dublin or Knock at the weekend, either. The whole “world meeting of families” is a mockery of all that is Sacred within the family and is little more than an excuse to normalise unnatural and immoral sexual practices.

    August 22, 2018 at 4:25 pm
  • Spiritus

    Elaine Young and Robert Burke

    spot on with your comments! It never ceases to amaze me how those in the media can condemn religious men and women who took in those who were cast out onto the street by their families for getting themselves into a difficult situation, mostly theft or extramarital pregnancy. I think that in many cases these poor women were taken advantage of by men that they trusted and who should have known better. At least some of those men would have been pillars of society and “Catholics in good standing” yet they were never held to account. Many mothers today think nothing of abandoning their children into the care of the State, day after day, from the time those children are very young, in order for those same mothers to pursue their careers or find some personal fulfilment.
    Many journalists and others in the media were educated by Catholic nuns, brothers and priests, and where is their thanks??! It might have been better if they had been left uneducated and left to eke out some sort of existence by working very hard at manual labour. They’d be far too tired to complain about anything!

    August 22, 2018 at 4:38 pm
    • editor


      All excellent points in all of your posts on this subject. You ought to sent your latest comment to all the media outlets.

      August 25, 2018 at 9:46 am
  • editor

    Here is Pope Francis addressing the Irish people ahead of his visit for the World Meeting of Families. Is he totally out of touch with reality or what?

    August 23, 2018 at 12:04 am
  • editor

    Sky News is going hammer and tongs about the clergy abuse scandals under the guise of reporting on the Pope’s visit to Dublin. All the time using the term ‘children’, ignoring the homosexual / pederast part of the whole scandal which, of course is central. All day, they will play and replay the same report so if you want to see ‘biased’ take time to watch at some point today. I’ve done/seen my penance, so… over to thee!

    August 25, 2018 at 9:45 am
  • Lily

    I’ve just watched the live talks by the Irish PM and Pope Francis and they couldn’t have been more different.

    The PM was outspoken about the Church reference abuse scandals and also very openly pleased about the new Ireland with gay marriage and abortion etc.

    Pope Francis said nothing about the new Ireland just a passing mention of the unborn being the most vulnerable in society. and the gap between rich and poor!

    He’s just a scandal in himself. What a wasted opportunity.

    August 25, 2018 at 1:17 pm
  • Athanasius

    Watching that video of the Pope’s address to Irish Catholics you just know his visit to Ireland will achieve nothing of any supernatural benefit. He really should have refused to visit Ireland, it’s people having now largely apostatised from the Faith. But if he genuinely thought a visit could do some good then he should have gone in with all spiritual guns blazing, as befits a Successor of St. Peter. Instead, as is clear from that video, he’s off on his trip armed only with the usual conciliar feather dusters.

    Long gone are the days when Popes were on fire with love of God and zeal for souls. Today they burn only with a desire to please the world and placate the enemies of the Church with a new doctrine they call “the dignity of the human person”, by which every indignity is inflicted on Christ the Lord without response.

    In the case of Ireland, it has to be admitted that it stood firm in its defence of divine moral teaching longer than any other Catholic country. But now it has fallen to Lucifer, into moral darkness, and is ranked amongst those other former Catholic nations that have betrayed their Lord and joined the devil’s chorus chanting “crucify Him, crucify Him…we will not have Him rule over us!”

    In this Apocalyptic time of the renewed Passion and Crucifixion of the body of Christ (His Church), it is difficult to know for sure if the Pope is playing the part of Judas, Pontius Pilate or the terrified Simon Peter. What is certain is that he is no St. John the Evangelist standing firmly by the side of the Mother of Sorrows.

    August 25, 2018 at 1:25 pm
  • Helen

    I see the BBC are reporting that Pope Francis will get a warm welcome in Ireland, despite the clergy sex abuse, because he is so humble and loving of the poor and the downtrodden.

    August 25, 2018 at 2:43 pm
    • Athanasius


      If he had gone before the abortion referendum with a reminder about the “culture of death”, they’d have thrown pelters at him. Going now, after the fact and without a word of condemnation, he’ll be well received.

      August 25, 2018 at 2:46 pm
  • Therese

    Just read the latest Christian Order, which prints a letter to the editor from a Mr(?) C J O’Hehir which casts grave doubt – in my opinion – on the accurate results of the referendum. Very illuminating, and a must read, which unfortunately I’m not able to post, but if you can, get a copy.

    August 25, 2018 at 3:20 pm
  • Therese

    Just typed it out – any typos are mine and not the original author.

    A Rigged Referendum?

    Dear Editor (Christian Order)

    While I would be the last person to defend modern Ireland, I strongly disagree with the implied and unquestioning trust Mr John Dill places in the integrity of the recent abortion referendum result here ( June/July 2018). There are extremely compelling reasons to doubt that this result was an accurate reflection of the way Irish people voted on 25 May.

    I can already hear many Catholic trads groaning inwardly about “whacky conspiracy theorists” as they read the above words, but so be it: if such folk ever provide a remotely plausible explanation as to why they place such fideistic faith in the integrity of voting procedures run by those who promote every conceivable abomination under the sun, then I’ll take their childish and inane insults seriously.

    The logic of “right wing” Catholics who take modern referendum and election results at face value is odd, to put it mildly.

    In their world, liberals promote abortion, euthanasia, fornication, “marriage between two persons of the same sex”, the chopping off of children’s’ genitals in deference to the transgender agenda, massive nation changing non-Christian immigration, insane wars and much much more. But the one thing they draw the line at is rigging elections and referendums. Why such ruthless, immoral people would maintain such scrupulosity in observing democratic procedures is never explained.

    By the same token, traditional Catholics will lament the great power the pro-aborts wield in the media, in political parties, the courts, the civil service, business, the trades unions, show biz, the arts and academia, and so on, but apparently believe that this power does not extend to the fairly simple business of rigging a referendum. In truth, rigging a referendum in a small and institutionally corrupt country like Ireland takes much less effort and much less time than infiltrating the media, the political parties, the trades unions etc, and brings far greater and more immediate rewards.

    I do not have time to address the huge anomalies that abound in relation to this referendum, but I’ll just make a number of very quick points.

    A poll published only 4 days before the referendum put the pro-abortion side ahead by 12 points: they won by a margin of 32.8%. That’s an astonishing leap of 20.8 points in support for abortion in 4 days. In any other country, such a divergence between poll numbers and officials results would render the outcome a joke in public eyes, and the UN would probably declare the contest a government staged sham.

    In an effort to explain away the huge anomalies between poll figures and the final outcome, the Irish media were reduced to claiming that it was all down to “secret yes voters”. This is Alice in Wonderland stuff. Given the aforementioned control the pro-abortionists wield in the Irish media and all other key elements of Irish society, the notion of large numbers of SECRET “yes” voters is utterly preposterous. On the other hand, there is every reason to believe that secret “no” voters (AGAINST repealing the 8th amendment) numbered in the hundreds of thousands.

    Many persons with no right to vote in the referendum were given voting cards. One French Erasmus exchange student who had neither the right nor the wish to vote, revealed that he was sent a voting card, even though he was a “very temporary resident in the country”. A recent university of Cork study revealed that more than 600,000 extra voting cards circulate in Ireland at elections and referendum. On a good day that would be enough fake votes to swing an election in the US, never mind a very small country like Ireland.

    When asked about this staggering number of extra voting cards in Ireland, a Civil Service spokesman bleated that one in 4 voters is asked to provide identification at polling stations in Ireland.

    This is not true: no one I know has ever been asked to provide identification at a polling station.

    Even if it were true, what about the 75% who don’t get asked to prove their identity? 75% of 600,000 is 450,000 potentially phoney voters.

    There is abundant evidence of vote rigging in previous Irish elections and referendum. A YouTube video from the Cork count centre at the time of the crucial second Lisbon Treaty referendum in 2009, shows an unidentified man walking out of the counting centre with a ballot box in his hand. There is no police or security presence visible in the centre at all; anybody could – and probably did – do anything they liked with boxes that night.

    In the 2009 European elections, a completely chance recount revealed that 3000 [yes 3000!] votes had been “misallocated” ie stolen from one candidate and given to another. The really revealing thing about this episode was the way that both the media and the Garda (the Irish police) completely ignored it. I was reading about the election in the Irish Times the day after the count, and that newspaper simply mentioned the “misallocation” in passing – as if it were just one of those things that happen in all elections. As for the Garda, they refused to investigate the matter.

    The same Garda, by the way, openly backed the Yes side in the “gay marriage” referendum, in flagrant breach of the Irish constitution – which, as in most countries, requires the police to stay out of politics. Exactly how can one trust a state’s police force to ensure the integrity of voting procedures, when they break the law themselves by taking sides on the issues being voted upon?

    By far the most intriguing thing about Irish voting procedures is the way counting is delayed until after voting. Given the neurotic fixation of the Irish state class with presenting a high tech, ultra-modern image to the world, this is extremely odd. On the one occasion when the eyes of the world are focused on the country, the Irish state chooses to present the country as a nation of chronic slackers, too soft and shiftless to work through the night counting votes on one day every few years.

    Odder still is the fact that no-one in the controlled Irish media ever examines this weird anomaly – whereby those with the will to rig the results of elections and referendum have 11 full hours to play around with them – 11 hours in which God knows what can happen to ballot boxes.

    Mr Dill provides anecdotes to support his implied contention that the official result of the refeerendum is valid. My own anecdotal evidence runs completely contrary to him: many folk I know who would normally either support the liberal side on moral questions, or who would stay at home, were strongly motivated to vote no. Indeed, many people have expressed deep puzzlement as to how the pro-abortion side easily out performed the gay marriage side in the official outcomes of the 2 referendums, even though there was no organised opposition to the gay marriage campaign at all, whereas a huge anti-abortion movement mobilised against the proposed amendment to the constitution.

    A comparison of attendance at the rallies for the 2 sides deepens this mystery. Pro-life rallies in the run-up to the referendum were huge – often numbering over 100,000. Whereas the pro-abortion rallies had derisory attendances of a couple of thousand hard core lefties and blue haired social justice warriors.

    So yes, by all means condemn Ireland. After all, a country where such rigging is endemic is far from blameless – the riggers and those who facilitate them being mostly Irish too.

    But surely elementary prudence should dictate that all Catholics place a very large asterisk around the outcome of this referendum.

    Yours sincerely

    C J O’Hehir (Dublin)

    August 25, 2018 at 4:08 pm
    • editor


      Thank you for taking the trouble to type out that very VERY interesting letter.

      As to Day One of the papal visit to Ireland – Lord have mercy!

      I’ve seen bits and pieces, some larger bits and pieces than others, throughout the day and to say that I am underwhelmed would be overstating the case 200%.

      Watching Pope Francis sitting there, in Dublin Castle, meekly taking a telling off from the Irish (by what…one generation?) agnostic, partnered homosexual Prime Minister, really did stick in my throat.

      Then to watch him standing up, all smiles at his ignorant host, only to talk drivel, bleating on about the gap between rich and poor, was just too much.

      By the time he mentioned the abuse crisis, and that in a way calculated to please nobody and without indicating stern measures to come to deal with faithless clergy, I had come very close to wrecking my TV screen.

      I couldn’t help thinking, during the fiasco at Dublin Castle, that here we have an agnostic Prime Minister and an atheist Pope – no wonder they can grin across at each other, best of pals. Listening to the two of them, all sorts of ridiculous thoughts passed through my mind…

      Then the Festival of Families at Croke Park – I didn’t see that from the start, not sure how far on it was before I tuned in, but it sounded more like a lecture on relationships from a psychiatrist or a humanistic counsellor, than a sermon or talk from a pope. All about forgiveness, saying sorry, please and thank you, the most important words (which, can you believe he made the audience repeat, like a bunch of first year pupils in school) with a mention of prayer thrown in at the very end. Incredibly, when stressing the need to always say “sorry” before the end of the day, he explained the reason for that being that if we don’t say “sorry” before end of the day, there will be a “cold war” the next day. For one glorious moment, I thought he was going to say that we ought always to reconcile before the end of the day in case it’s our last. Silly me. As if he is ever going to warn any audience, especially an entire un-catechised audience (and I include priests and bishops in that) about death and judgment, Heaven and Hell. What am I LIKE?! Silly, silly me. Still, I suppose, in the spirit of being grateful for small mercies, it’s something that he didn’t name same-sex couples as being legitimate “family” models. I was half expecting that, so Deo gratias we have been spared that… so far, at least.

      But, a dismal performance, by any standards. No wonder there are people questioning whether or not he really IS a pope – we don’t do that here, at Catholic Truth, it’s way above our pay grade as the saying goes – but Francis is about as papal as PayPal. It’s the way I tell ’em.

      Let’s see what Day Two of this fiasco brings. Apparently more public protests are planned – let’s hope at least ONE of them is from concerned REAL Catholics… you know, the fully believing kind…

      And since tomorrow will see the Pope in Knock, let’s pray to Our Lady for tremendous graces for him, insights that may prompt him to undo some of the damage his lukewarm (lack of) faith has done today…

      August 25, 2018 at 11:22 pm
  • editor

    Here’s some very serious news – former US nuncio calls on all involved in covering up the McCarrick scandal to resign – and that includes Pope Francis. Dynamite report at Lifesitenews…

    August 26, 2018 at 8:01 am
  • wendywalker95

    Evidently the Pope is in hot water for calling paedophile Priests …Caca ..{faeces]….!!!!!!

    August 26, 2018 at 1:57 pm
  • gabriel syme

    It seems like Francis’ Irish visit has been attended very poorly by locals:

    The organisers were hoping for 500,000 for the Phoenix park mass, but the figure doing the rounds is sub 130,000. Look at the comparison pics below, between 1979 and 2018. (The 2018 crowd is so patchy I thought at first I must be looking at one of Francis’ audiences in St Peters Square.)

    August 26, 2018 at 10:37 pm
    • gabriel syme

      Hmm that post above didn’t work out well – but you can see the pic at:

      August 26, 2018 at 10:39 pm
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme,

        It’s interesting how the media have not commented on the paucity of attendance, quite the reverse. They constantly spoke about the “hundreds of thousands” who attended. Only at Croke Park did they slip up and mention that the thousands here “came from all over the world”. Very interesting to see the media talk up a papal visit.

        It’s also interesting to hear reports of the shock horror that the Pope “used a swear word” to denounce the filth in the Church – one presenter said it “will take more than words even swear words from a Pope…” [to satisfy the victims of abuse]. Honestly you really couldn’t make this stuff up.

        Here’s some else who’s great with words, but lacking when it comes to action…

        August 27, 2018 at 9:54 am
  • wendy walker

    Please see above calls for The Pope to resign

    August 27, 2018 at 11:10 am

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