The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, is right to stand firm in the views he expressed so elegantly in his Dail speech.
Though what he said has not gone down well in Rome, he could have said far more.
Many of us who profess to be Catholics do not accept that our faith involves believing in the machinations of Rome.
People in Ireland are not losing their faith, they have lost confidence in the Catholic Church in its present form.
Recent debates rest on the assumption that there are two distinct domains, the sacred and the secular.
There is but one, namely the domain of human living.
The Catholic Church is but one voice among others.