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‘The Pope is a Figurehead.’ – Gabriel Byrne

Pictures1Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, who has been openly critical of the Catholic Church in the past, is sounding off about Pope Francis.

“Like Barack Obama, a bit like Tony Blair, he’s a figurehead, a CEO, a man who does the bidding of the masters who hide behind him,” Byrne said of the new pope in an hour-long conversation on the Michael Des Barres Show.

The In Treatment star said Pope Francis may have set a different tone by doing “Christ-like things,” such as bathing the feet of prisoners and embracing a severely deformed man, but the actor believes not much within the Catholic Church will change.

“Can one man change an institution? I feel the answer is no,” Byrne said. “He can initiate certain reforms in the Vatican … but unless he radically alters the policies of the Catholic Church, there won’t be a change.”

In 2010, Byrne made headlines when he revealed that he had been molested, first, as an altar boy at a Christian Brothers School in Ireland and later, as a seminary student. Byrne told an Irish television show that he didn’t feel the impact of the sexual abuse immediately. “But I suppose when I think about my later life and how I had difficulties with certain issues, there is the real possibility they could have been attributable to that,” said the actor, who has battled alcoholism.

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  1. Marthy

     /  December 8, 2013

    Shut up punk! You mustn’t fall back on the Pope to boost your failed PR image.


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