As I said, I will be keeping an eye on the upcoming Eucharistic Congress.
For the last while the Congress Bell has been travelling around the country drumming up (if you'll excuse the term) enthusiasm for the Congress. It has now made its way to Rome where it has been rung by no less a person than the Pope himself.
I was interested, therefore, to see a tweet (above) in the IEC stream saying that Minister Pat Rabbitte had rung the bell, in no less a place than Rome itself, and inviting us to view this happening. Unfortunately when I pressed "view photo" a cloak of invisibility seemed to descend and all I got was a blank space.
Not to be discouraged I clicked on the link given in the tweet only to be met by a firmly locked door (below).
What, I wondered was going on. Had the Minister taken fright at the dissemination of a photo showing him in cahoots with the church in these delicate times when even the Angelus bell on RTÉ is provoking apoplexy in some quarters.
Or perhaps he suddendly remembered the ammunition provided by the above photo to those critising the symbiosis of Church and State at the time of the last Congress in 1932.
If any of this is the case, the Minister is on a hiding to nothing. The internet is like the elephant, once it has seen something it never forgets. So I tapped into the elephant's memory, in this case the site of the