'Nuclear war has been declared on the Irish church by its critics'
But for a dream, born in a herdsman's shed,
And for the secret Scripture of the poor."
This crisis arose because many in power put the empire of the Church above that dream, that scripture, and our children.
The dream that was born in a herdsman's shed has sustained the Irish people for centuries through war, desolation and famine. In Ireland, we can only hope that a bright spring will follow this darkest of winters.
Rory Fitzgerald is a writer resident in County Cork. He also writes for the Huffington Post.