Pat Buchanan: St. Patrick forgot to drive the gay snakes out of Ireland

"The priests, nuns, and lay teachers are doing their best -- but the devil has all the best tunes," he said

By Scott Eric Kaufman
June 3, 2015 9:55PM (UTC)
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Conservative stalwart Pat Buchanan told World Net Daily on Monday that historic legalization of same-sex marriage in Ireland is proof that St. Patrick missed a few snakes.

Referring to the legend that the Catholic saint drove all the snakes out of the country, Buchanan said that "clearly, St. Patrick did not drive all the snakes out of Ireland." He predicted that, despite the best efforts of the Roman Catholic Church, the country was now as doomed as the rest of the world.

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"Ireland appears to be going the way of Europe and America," he said. "Christianity is everywhere in retreat before the onslaught of secularism, materialism, and hedonism, especially among the young. When the faith dies, the culture it produced begins to die, then the civilization goes, and, then, the population."

He acknowledged that "many of the priests, nuns, and lay teachers are doing their best," but that the Church couldn't hope to compete with the ready amenities of the 21st century. "The devil has all the best tunes," Buchanan said.


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