Yet if they were to appoint as Pope, a married woman who has children, open views on sex and homosexuality and a promise to release information on sexual and physical abuses, people would flock back to the Catholic church in their literal millions.
I am beginning to wonder will where all this will lead to, though. It looks a bit like like the making of a schism to me. Will be see a liberal breakaway from the Catholic Church (in Ireland, Europe or world wide) if this keeps going? If there's a crackdown on "Cultural Catholicism" (Churches demanding that people prove that they're observant and faithful before they perform sacraments), I could see it happening. Breaking away to a new organisation would help Cultural Catholics save face instead admitting that they're really Anglicans in the majority of their beliefs (I'm talking about the ones that still believe in God and Jesus, but disagree with a lot of other doctrines. The ones that don't believe in a personal god, or the divinity of Jesus, but still call themselves Catholic are even harder to figure out). Archbishop Martin has already hinted that they should go.
Whatever happens, it's obvious that the Catholic Church is taking a harder stance on dissent lately, and retreating back to a much more conservative voice.