Friday, March 12, 2010

More Pathetic News From Kerry, Ireland
Am I glad my ancestors were from Donegal

Just a few short days ago, I posted about the Bishop of Kerry stating he was "embarrassed" to kiss the Pope's ring.

Now this. No wonder the Church is dying in Ireland.

Here's some of the article from IrishCentral.com; (Emphasis mine) Statue of Jesus Christ taken down from Co. Kerry hospital

A statue of Jesus Christ that sat on top of Killarney Community Hospital for over 70 years has been taken down for health and safety reasons. However, the decision by the Health Service Executive (HSE) to do so has caused extreme stress among town locals and clergy, who believe the decision is based more on political correctness than structural instability.

"People I visited today are extremely upset. We are demanding it be put back, " Fr. Kevin McNamara, who works in the parish, told The Irish Independent. "This statue didn't fall on anybody." Local Councilor Brendan Cronin wants to see the documentation that proves the statue was a public hazard.

Cronin argues that the HSE’s decision could have a detrimental effect on older patients at the hospital who derive comfort from the statue during vulnerable times in their lives. "Where is the building survey that says this statue was a risk?" he asks.
Well, the good people of County Kerry have such a stalwart shepherd... I'm shocked that an atmosphere such as this could even exist in such an overwhelmingly Catholic area.

*Sarcasm off*

6 Comments:

Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Change the name of the hospital from "Killarney" to "Blarney." Better yet, use the American language translation of "Blarney" and change the name to "Bull Sh*t" in the interest of truth in advertising.

10:26 PM  
Blogger JLS said...

My ancestors were not from the Emerald Isle at all, but from a small island off the Danish coast. They spent a lot of time visiting the Irish though ... burning their villages, stealing their stuff, carrying off their women and children and selling them to pirates.

I continued this tradition while in college, but of course was too young to be able to tell the difference between Irish gals and pirate women.

I'd go on with this tale, but it'd reveal the ancient annointing my ancestors got from their contact with the actual Blarney Stone, a small fragment of which today sits over my fireplace. It is enshrined at the bottom of the tankard which has been passed down from father to son for a thousand years now, blessed by St Patrick himself, and the proof of which is that whoever drinks ale from it loses all his power to burn Irish villages, instead preferring to listen to their yarns ... yet while reminding them that good yarns come from good living and not from uglying up their Churches with the guys whom even the pirates tossed overboard.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

This doesn't really have to do with this post, but I just wanted to send you the link. (feel free not to post this comment - unless you REALLY want to) :-p

There is a library in Ireland that has posted pictures of all the Holy Cards they have found in books. There are a few that are new agey ugly stuff, but most of them are beautiful.

I love the idea of leaving the cards in books.

http://www.stthomas.edu/bulletin/2009/03/19/ireland-library-displays-holy-card-exhibit-online/

10:19 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Normally I don't get into the "texting" type slang, but JLS, OMG! LOTFLMAO!!!

10:22 PM  
Blogger JLS said...

I tried texting once a few years ago, and A. after twenty minutes of entering text and hitting the send button, something went wrong and it didn't work, and B. my fingers get stuck in the little keyboard ... oh wait, that was the old typewriter I learned on ... my fingers tend to hit several keys at once and by the time I get things going right the battery runs low.

But we're still searching in the trunk in the attic for Dad's old steel pointy hat with the horns on it. Mom probably burned it, because all we find is a bunch of old Irish lullaby songs.

OK, I'm gonna tackle the texting: Well, after putting it in google, I fell out of my chair laughing, or APIIGIFOOMCL !

11:25 AM  
Blogger JLS said...

I was ready for battle with the blogger this time. I copied my text and when I hit enter, and blogger said "sorry no dice", I pulled up the blog page again and pasted and hit enter, and it worked.

Well, my pc seems to be trying to catch up with the Ghost Riders in the Sky, so maybe that's the problem.

11:27 AM  

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