Ireland’s Catholics should not be belittled

Ireland’s Catholics should not be belittled

For those of us in this country who are still practising Catholics and who cherish their faith (and there are many of us who do), I find the constant negativity towards the Catholic Church, both on-air and in print, excessive and insulting.

Yes, there have been several regrettable incidents, and with tragic outcomes, committed within the Church over many years, but there now seems to be an active rebuttal of God in Irish society.

Between the lifting of the baptism barrier in primary schools, to the passing of abortion legislation, to removing saints’ names from hospital wards and a proposed referendum to remove the blasphemy law in the autumn, we are de-Christianising our country.

Our forefathers battled pagan traditions, and several were martyred in the process, to introduce Christianity to Ireland.

There are a significant number of people, including myself, who still value their Catholic faith, and take offence at it being constantly derided and belittled. It’s time to put a halt to this and, instead, to respect every citizen’s views, including those who appear to be in the minority.

We live in a democracy, do we not?

Aisling Bastible

Clontarf

Dublin 3

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