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Your culture has a Protestant/Anglican background and this biases you against Catholicism. I've seen the same with atheists coming from Orthodox Christian cultures.
Can you explain "why" the basilica is a red herring? And how you can know the "true" motives? Your answer to my points is just this assertion?
Can you possibly know what proportion of those attending were Catholic faithful or just curious about the prophecy?
I see no disdain. He clearly separates those that visit the shrine regularly due to faith and those that just came this time looking for a miracle or a story.
This "threat to a monopoly" is the typical Protestant biased crap portraying Catholic priests as power hungry and caring less about God than themselves.
Did the tree stump in Co Limerick lead to the desecration of a basilica? The Church did express skepticism, in case you don't know about it:
Spokesman: "Church's response to phenomena of this type is one of great scepticism."