By about a two to one margin the former land of saints and scholars has decided to legalize the child murder that goes by the name of abortion. I am saddened but not surprised. The result mirrors the outcome of the gay marriage referendum in 2015, and all the secular power centers in Ireland supported this result.
The idea that Catholic Ireland did this will be mourned by pro-lifers and celebrated by pro-aborts, and both will badly miss the point. Catholic Ireland, which now consists of about a third of the voting population, did not do this. What this vote symbolizes is that a majority of the Irish firmly embrace the Leftist cult that is a new, and aggressive, religion in all but name. Most cults have what Catholics call sacraments, and for the Leftist cult abortion is the highest sacrament, with unborn children serving as human sacrifices.
Ireland, by American standards, has been politically left wing for a very long time, before Ronald Reagan was elected President. However, the Faith still mattered to the majority of the Irish, even to many on the political left, and thus in 1983 the Eighth Amendment banning abortion was added to the Irish constitution by a two to one margin. A generation and a half later such vestigial attachment to Catholicism has disappeared among two thirds of the population and Ireland joins the rest of almost all of Europe in going to war against their unwanted progeny.
The lesson for Catholics is that nations like Ireland can no longer be considered in any meaningful sense Catholic or even loosely Christian. They are nations controlled by a hostile competing faith and should be treated as being mission territory. Of course Pope Francis, whose silence on the referendum was deafening, will say nothing like this when he visits Ireland in August. I doubt he will say anything about the referendum, and he will pretend that the Church in Ireland is not what it is: a crushed reed and an extinguished candle.