They think they’re superior to ordinary people

I listened, open-mouthed, to the defence of Cardinal Brady’s position by Msgr Maurice Dooley (RTÉ, March 15).

As he spoke, I waited (in vain) for him to make some remark that would show he had some sense of the common good.

I can only conclude this blind adherence to a kind of Spanish Inquisition Catholicism is based on some kind of naive belief that they (people like Dooley and Brady) are superior to the common man or woman, and that the protection of their positions of power at the expense of innocent children can be justified by some warped sense of right and wrong. Msgr Dooley clearly believes that so-called canon law in some way overrules civil law.

No one in the real world goes along with such nonsense, but it is now clear these deluded men actually believe they are right. I have one message for both of them. I speak as as a citizen, a taxpayer, and someone who seeks to understand the difference between right and wrong, regardless of religious belief.

If their canon law society represents their belief set, then they should depart for that never-never land of theirs where their own in-house rules reign supreme, while the rest of us try to be law-abiding and to do what is right.

I once supported their warped organisation by my attendance and with my contributions.

I am ashamed of that allegiance now — but, unlike them, I learn from my mistakes.

John Mulligan



Co Roscommon

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