Will this visit actually change anything?

Pope Francis is surrounded by a hierarchical institution of men who believe that they are entitled to the obedience of the faithful

26th August, 2018
Pope Francis arri es at Dublin Airport yesterday morning Picture: Julien Behal

When Pope Francis returns to the Vatican this evening, will he leave behind a different Ireland? Will he be returning to a changing institutional Church? Does his visit amount to some form of watershed in the relationship between the Irish people and their state and the Roman Catholic Church?

Or will his short visit amount to a brief episode in a long-term, irreversible historical process of transformation both within the Catholic Church and between the...

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