A senior Catholic figure has claimed that Christianity does not get the same respect in Ireland as Judaism or Islam.
Archbishop Michael Neary, speaking at 10.30am Mass after climbing Croagh Patrick in Mayo on Reek Sunday, said different standards were applied when commenting on religions.
“In civilised society, anyone who dishonours the faith of Israel, its image of God, or its great figures, must pay a fine,” he said. “The same is true for anyone who insults the Koran and the convictions of Islam.
“But when it comes to Jesus Christ and that which is sacred to Christians, there seems to be a different standard: Freedom of expression knows no limits.
“In our commendable endeavour to become more understanding of the values of others, have we lost our capacity to uphold and respect our own values?”
Around 30,000 people climbed Croagh Patrick yesterday, with about two dozen getting treatment after becoming ill or injured.
Archbishop Neary also criticised the move towards secularism in Irish society, and moves to marginalise religious symbolism in public places.
“In times past, it was difficult to imagine the world without God,” he said.
“Today it is becoming a challenge to imagine the world with God. Our culture endeavours to make sense of the world without reference to God.” <
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