Irish institutions: We gave them fawning respect without even thinking about it
One by one, the reputations of trusted institutions have disintegrated – the Catholic Church, the banking system and now the charities
So began my 10-year relationship with confession which ended when I lost the faith
The very first time I went to confession I managed to get it wrong. Once ensconced in the confession box I proceeded to tell the priest the sins of my schoolfellows. I had listed these carefully in my head.