Spend €20m on homes instead of a papal visit
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, has said that the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland will cost around €20m, he will visit all manner of holy places and will even visit the Capuchin Day Centre for homeless people. What good will this actually do? Yes a bit of publicity to raise the issue of homelessness but what practical good will his visit actually do?
Here’s an idea though: Why not tell Francis to stay at home? The Church has plenty of land; let’s put that €20m to good use by building 200 threebedroom houses on various sites owned by the Church around the country to actually help the homeless, instead of just talking about helping them which both the Government and the Church are masters at doing, those 200 houses could and would house between 800 and 1,000 people. Nesbitt Crowne
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