“To do so, it is necessary to go back to AD313 when the Roman emperor, Constantine, legitimised Christianity but left Rome shortly afterwards for a new capital in present day Turkey, Constantinople. Gradually the pope stepped into the power vacuum in the West and rapidly acquired land and wealth.”
This is the first time I have heard a Catholic say this. But leave it to the Irish! They enjoyed Christianity for a long time before Catholicism took over the island. I pray that they do again.
He’s talking about the origin of the Vatican state, not the origin of the Catholic church.
Reality check: Ireland was converted by St. Patrick, who went to Ireland with a papal commission to preach the Gospel to the Irish.