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Church thriving

In response to Colette Browne’s column (May 2) in your newspaper which is highly argumentative, ‘fear and prejudice’ seems to be losing in her case in connection with the Catholic Church.

It’s still in existence and thrives on provocative opinion.

It‘s nice at times to get a little bit of goading with sensational spin. Personally I don’t have to defend or protect the Catholic Church. The minds of the faithful are its safeguard.

Its founder is its shield.

John Tobin

Corran

Leap

West Cork


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