Paddy Flynn, the Cordal teenager who admits that he’s in a minority ‘Conservative Club’ within the Catholic Church these days, spoke out against many of the recent church directions and policies.
The church he loves and is prepared to fight for has been on a slippery slope since all the way back to Vatican II – according to him.
Vatican II was presided over by Pope John XXIII from 1962 and it fell to his successor, Pope Paul VI to take it to its conclusion in 1965.
Paddy made local news when he unveiled his entrenched views at a public meeting in Castleisland last week. The meeting was convened at the River Island Hotel to hear the voice of the people with a view to shaping the policies of the diocese for the next five years.
Paddy expanded on his philosophy on Kerry Today with Jerry O’Sullivan yesterday morning and left no one in any doubt about how seriously he takes his role in the affairs and future of the church and the faith he inherited.
I asked Paddy, during a chat earlier this week, if he was shaping up to a career in politics. “Well that’s the plan anyway,” was his immediate answer. Straight question – straight answer. That’s how he operates. Have a listen to the Radio Kerry podcast here: http://www.radiokerry.ie/podcast_series/kerry-today/ and click on the heading: Pope Francis: Could Do Better – The Verdict of One 17-Year Old – March 12th, 2015