TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has been likened to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in a Mass newsletter, following his attack on the Pope.
Shocked Mass-goers in Togher, Co Louth, were left reeling by an article in the parish bulletin in relation to Mr Kenny’s outburst in the Dáil following the damning Cloyne Report with the headline “Heil Herr Kenny”.
It stated: “The last European leader to make such a blistering attack on the Pope was the ruthless German dictator Adolf Hitler.”
Parish priest Fr Thomas Daly was not available yesterday to comment on the article.
But one local man said: “Everybody was really shocked when they read the piece in the parish bulletin. Everybody in the area is talking about it. It is a bit much comparing the leader of Ireland to Hitler — the article went too far.”
The newsletter, which was in the Church of St Columcille in Togher on Sunday, went on to say: “Perhaps he (Enda Kenny) might also keep in mind that the profile of Knock was hugely raised by the visit of a former Pope (John Paul II) to the shrine in 1979.
“If history teaches us one lesson, it must surely be a call to be careful about the canonisation of political leaders.
“Even Hitler had to face that reality. A cautionary tale.”
Mr Kenny unleashed a scathing attack on the Vatican last week for its attitude to protecting children from sexual abuse.
In the special Dáil debate on the Cloyne report, he said it exposed an attempt by the Holy See to frustrate an inquiry into child sex abuse just three years ago.
He said the rape and torture of children had been downplayed or “managed” to uphold the institution’s power and reputation.
The Togher parish bulletin stated: “The last European leader to make such a blistering attack on the Pope was the ruthless German dictator Adolf Hitler.
“His Dáil speech was greeted with shouts of jubilation by almost every journalist and TV pundit in the country.
“Is this the new Ireland? Is this the fulfilment of the dreams of the founding fathers?
“‘No Pope here’. Is this the way forward for a new and better Ireland?
“Perhaps we might try and find a way to build new bridges with the Shankhill Road people.”
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