A few years ago Vincent Browne made a series of programmes in which he took a gratuitous sideways swipe at Christianity by the simplistic device of taking the Old Testament out of context and by ignoring it’s crucial understanding in terms of the New Testament.
Congratulations to Alan Whelan (Irish Examiner, Letters, March 25) for rightly identifying the dereliction of duty inherent in the cowardly decision by the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP0 not to preach the Church’s teaching regarding the nature of marriage.
It’s that time of year for good cheer; goodwill to all men and, oh, begrudgery on behalf of the non-believing community. Just in case we were too optimistic, Gordon Cunningham (Letters, December 12) sought to put a damper on proceedings.
It has long been the mantra of “modern/liberal” Ireland that in the past the state was over deferential to the Catholic Church. There undoubtedly was an element of truth to this to the detriment of both Church and State. However those times have long since passed.
I was always taught that one should not receive Holy Communion unless one was in a state of grace and I still believe that the sacrament of confession is the jewel in the crown of Catholic sacraments. For that reason I usually receive Communion at Easter & Christmas, preceded by a good confession of sins.
Many people were rightly repulsed by Richard Dawkins primitive/less-than-enlightened views on the treatment of Down Syndrome infants. Having said that, in many ways Dawkins views are merely reflective of what emerges from a doctrinaire adherence to Darwinian theories. Not evolution, per se, but this particular deviant variant. Darwins adherents have always had a less than benign view of what their perverse ideology regards as lesser forms of life.