The film 'Catholics' was made in the early 70s and priests, at the time, told their flocks that: "It can never happen".
Well, it did.
In the film, the great Cyril Cusack plays Fr Manus who makes a stirring and profound discourse around 02.15 - that says it all.
If ever you have a chance to see the film in its entirety, do so; you will not be disappointed but you may be surprised at the ending.
The second great shame is that Ireland today is but a pale shadow of its Catholic roots - would it be too great a connective leap to say that, with the loss of spirituality (mainly derived from the Latin Mass), came a vacuum that brought secularism, apostasy and...paedophilia?
Here is the clip.................