Varadkar’s First Trip to Belfast.
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, made his first trip to Belfast as Head of State just last week. The two engagements which were highlighted by the media were his speech at Queen’s University and his attendance the following morning at the so-called “Pride Breakfast” in the country’s second-biggest city.
The smooth-talking Varadkar covered a lot of ground in his Queen’s speech; for example, his notion of Irish identity, cross-border relationships past and present, Ireland’s membership of the European Union and Brexit. In short, Varadkar’s vision for Ireland is about as far from “Catholic, Gaelic and Free” as you can possibly get (which is not really surprising, given the fact that he is a half-Indian, homosexual graduate of Trinity College!). Instead, he seems to view Irish identity as some kind of cosmopolitan globalist hodgepodge, where Catholic Nationalist and Protestant Unionist overcome their contradictory positions through embracing a Freemasonic-style Brotherhood of Man.
1970’s Ireland – “Confessional, Inward Looking, Underdeveloped”.
From a specifically Catholic perspective, two remarks made by the Taoiseach stood out. Firstly, his reference to the Ireland of 1979, the year of his birth:
“Back then, south of the border was a very different place, a very different country to what it is today – confessional, inward looking and underdeveloped by Western European standards”.
The clear inference by Varadkar is that being a “confessional” State is on a par with other negative attributes, like being “inward-looking” and “underdeveloped”.
Ireland – Never a Confessional State.
First of all, Mr. Varadkar is incorrect – Ireland has (unfortunately) never strictly-speaking been a confessional State. The most the Irish Constitution ever recognised was the “special position” of the Catholic Church as representing the religion of the majority of Irish citizens at a particular moment in time. Alongside this recognition, the Constitution also acknowledged the other “religions” present in the State at that time. Ireland never had a Constitution like the Spanish one under Franco, which was truly “confessional” since it rightly recognised the Catholic Religion as the only religion of the State.
A Catholic Confessional State – Sign of Integrity, Strength and Unity.
Secondly, a State which confesses the Catholic Faith is not something negative, inward-looking or underdeveloped. On the contrary, it is a sign of a country which is strong and united enough to publicly and legally acknowledge what its citizens as individuals know to be true – that Christ is God and King of all things, not just private, but public. That Ireland did not acknowledge Catholicism as Religion of State when the majority of its citizens had the Faith was a symptom of an underlying weakness. This weakness was brought on by contamination of the original patriotic ideal by the Liberalism of the French Revolution, as well as a desire to achieve political unity between the North and the South rather than build our country on the only truly solid foundation, which is Christ and His Church.
Favouring political unity over unity of Faith officially severed the link in Ireland between our laws and the Law of God. It took many years for this divorce to be consummated, but without a cornerstone, the building was bound to collapse sooner or later. That the building has well and truly imploded in 2017 is evidenced by the fact that the Irish people have no problem with their Head of State being an open, practising homosexual who can “boast” in Protestant Belfast that Ireland “ is the first country in the world to vote by national referendum to introduce marriage equality and to enshrine that right in our Constitution”. Although those who framed the Constitution surely did not envisage this development (and would never have agreed to it), their failure to officially recognise Christ’s Church has (along with other factors) led to their descendants officially recognising unnatural and sinful unions which are condemned by His Law (34th Amendment to the Constitution, 2015).
Varadkar – “Missionary Zeal”.
However, Varadkar did not merely content himself with boasting that once Catholic Ireland has become the first country in the world to “democratically” shake its rainbow-painted fist at its Creator. He went a step farther and used his position as Head of the Irish State to try to drag the people of the six counties down to the same moral low-point. He did this by attending a so-called “Pride Breakfast”, part of the Belfast “Pride” Festival (which should in fact be called the “Shame” Festival, since it celebrates sin, and sin is the most shameful thing for human beings). Asked whether he thought that homosexual “marriage” would be “legalised” north of the border, he commented:
“I do, I think that it is only a matter of time. Of course, the decision is for the Northern Ireland Assembly. But I am confident that like other western European countries they will make that decision in due course… My reason really for being here is just to express solidarity, to express my support and that of my government, for individual freedom and equality before the law for all citizens. We would do this in any part of the world…”.
In doing this, Leo Varadkar does not speak for Irish Catholics, or any sane-minded Irish people for that matter! How ironic that when we were strongly Catholic we never made any serious attempts to convert the northern Presbyterians, but now that we have abandoned God, we are content for our Taoiseach to spread immorality among these same Presbyterians with extraordinary “missionary zeal”! On the contrary, despite our profound disagreement with the Presbyterian DUP, we can only support and encourage them in their determination to oppose recognising homosexual “marriage”.
There is currently a lot of talk here of the possibility a repeal of the 8th Amendment of our Constitution, which protects the unborn. The motto of Irish Catholics should not only be “Keep the 8th Amendment!”, but “Repeal the 34th Amendment!”.