Now he is complaining about the Apostolic Visitation that the Vatican sent a few years ago to try to contain the chaos of the Irish church.
Because the Irish episocopate had been working wonders on its own, no doubt.
I should be careful what I say about Archbishop Martin since he doesn't like bloggers, complaining as he did about "the growing and worrying phenomenon of blogs, which are not just partial and sectarian but at times very far away from the charity with which the truth should be expressed."
Obviously, there is a sense in which being 'partial and sectarian' is a bad thing, if it means being shrill and narrow-minded and uncharitable.
But, judging by Archbishop Martin's media pronouncements, he seems to take being 'partial and sectarian' to mean ever speaking up on behalf of the Church or its message.
It seems that the Archbishop can't open his mouth to reporters without attacking his own Church, spreading gloom and despond, or otherwise basking in negativity.
If he's not jumping on the 'homophobia' bandwagon, he's complaining about traditionally-minded seminarians, or attacking traditional Irish Catholicism for its supposed "conformism [which] was covering an emptiness and a faith built on a faulty structure to which people no longer really ascribed."
I am not the first person to point out that His Grace continually seems to forget that he himself is in a position of high authority in the Church that he never fails to lambast. What has he done about any of this? Why did the Vatican have to send in a clean-up mission in the first place? Why has the Irish church been in free-fall for decades now? Why does he give himself the luxury of casting asperions on a generation of Irish Catholics who built churches all over Ireland, sent missionaries all over the world, and made this country a byword for Catholic zeal? Why were the bishops of Ireland so tardy and half-hearted in speaking out against the 'Protection of Human Life' Bill, which has made abortion legal in this country?
Self-criticism and self-examination are surely a good thing. But isn't there a point at which the process has to stop and you have to look outward, to make a stand for what you believe in? When is the Archbishop going to stop talking about what the Church has to learn and start talking about what the Church has to teach?