The church brutalised Ireland. People have a right to protest the pope’s visit | Emer O’Toole | Opinion

In 1979, Pope John Paul II visited the Republic of Ireland, and approximately 2.7 million people – 79% of the population – came out to honour him. At the time, contraception, divorce, and homosexuality were illegal, and John Paul II was a god. On 25 August, when Pope Francis becomes the first pontiff to travel …