It would seem the bishops are in the dark as to what bonfires are being stoked up by the Pope and his aged Curia of administrators
As a foggy, January darkness falls in the early evening, the ground floor and upstairs lights are still shining in Columba House.
The decoratively renovated building once housed an infirmary for sick priests and seminarians of St Patrick's College, Maynooth.
Now, inside a basement room unobservable from the outside, 18 of Ireland's 33 Catholic bishops are in extraordinary session.
The bishops preparing for their Rome summit on clerical abuse with Pope Benedict XVI are huddled together out of sight in what is now known as the 'Maynooth Bunker'.
Read the whole of this interesting article at THE INDEPENDENT (Ireland). It shows just how much Ireland is changing. And it's hardly surprising. Even the Irish (who, as long as they have a pint of stout in one hand and a nice ass in the other, are normally an extremely easy going bunch of people) will not put up with having the "mick" taken out of them as much as the Vatican has been doing recently. Maybe they'll gain their independence yet.