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Senator David Norris’ motion said he believed a visit by the Pope would “lift the spirit of Ireland” and would begin the “healing process”.
Debate While Norris said he does not agree with many of the Church’s teachings on homosexuality or women priests he said that he believed that the Pope had “changed the entire climate of debate within the Church” and was allowing for “genuine dialogue” to begin.
Norris added that he thought Pope Francis has “spotted the ice berg and is trying at least to turn the Titanic around”.
THE SEANAD TODAY passed a motion to invite Pope Francis to visit Ireland.The Committee on Procedures and Privileges had already made a unanimous decision to add His Holiness Pope Francis to the invite list of distinguished visitors to address Seanad Éireann.He said he would be humbled to be in his presence if he accepted their invitation.The motion was supported by a number of other senators, such as Sean Barrett, who seconded the motion.
He added that it was “perfectly clear” that sexuality was now on the “back burner” when it came to the Church stating that Pope Francis was now dealing with real issues.
He said he was not under the illusion that he was going to campaign for gay marriage or women priests, but said he felt his “goodness” when he first saw him on the balcony in the Vatican.