Someone said :
A lot of anger expressed by posters over on boards.ie over this planned visit. I think we can definitely expect numerous protests.
Most people not yet born in 1979 will be completely indifferent to the whole thing. But a few have opined that this Papal visit will be timed to coincide with the Referendum on repealing the 8th Amendment. If that is what the church is planning for, it will backfire. Irish people aren't afraid of the church any more and will make their own minds up.
I'm indifferent to this planned visit. I won't go to see Pope Francis but if there had been a Papal visit in, say, 1999 I would have been out protesting. The revelations of clerical child sex abuse sickened me. In retrospect, the church were wise not to have invited the Pope over back then. The anger and revulsion was palpable.
I think if it was Benedict I would be protesting. I have less harsh a view of Francis then Benedict and I find I would agree with some of the political views of Francis.