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.
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.
IN your editorial (June 28) you state it is a sign of the times for an Irish politician to attack the Pope. How right you are. The ignorant and ill-informed comments of Labour party leader Eamon Gilmore are perfectly in tune with the current wave of hysterical and equally ill-informed media attacks on Pope Benedict.
IN response to Andrew Lally (‘Sexual orientation has nothing to do with abuse of children’, Letters, June 22), firstly let me say that if he was bullied at school I would have been the first to defend him. I came across the type also and despise all bullies. But that is where the common ground between us ends.
THE recent baying from certain sections of the media for all kinds of action against Bishop John Magee of Cloyne and the church in general is in stark contrast with the strangely muted response to recent revelations of horrific neglect of vulnerable young people in State care.
IT seems your columnist Diarmaid Ferriter (May 15) seeks to use the unfortunate experiences of writers Nuala O’Faoláin and John McGahern in effect to psychoanalyse the entire nation, and it appears the verdict is not particularly favourable to the rest of us.