The snakes get the last laugh

Natural historians tell us that there actually never were any snakes in Ireland. The legend of St. Patrick driving them out, it's generally acknowledged, is a metaphor for his driving paganism out of Ireland.

But the snakes are back- and triumphant. Ireland has voted to set aside Jesus's definition of marriage and embrace a pagan one.

Doubtless many will be hypocritical enough to continue to attend Mass and celebrate St. Patrick's feast day in March.

"Ochone!," as the ancient Celts would say. Somewhere in heaven- if those who dwell there are, as Catholicism teaches, allowed knowledge of what transpires here on earth- St. Patrick is surely saying it.


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