From: Donal Kennedy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: lettersed <email@example.com>
Sent: Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:06
Subject: SIgns of the very cross
It seems to me as a reader of your paper that I’m bombarded by the signs of the very cross.
Though most citizen taxpayers. and probably readers of your paper, consider themselves Catholics, or if asked to qualify that description -“Irish Catholics” they come in for a lot of stick from your professional as well as your amateur correspondents.
They don’t even have to cite religious criteria in discussion without being blackguarded by Una Mullally, for instance.
Your paper, which welcomed the accession to power of Adolf Hitler, and lamented the fact that Lord Carson was born forty years too early, as he might otherwise have been a Mussolini or a Hitler, bristles with “liberal” anger in the name of “freedom of Conscience” at any manifestation of conscience in the citizens.
Parents who choose to send a child to a school dedicated to Christ the King are championed by Kitty Holland (Dec 11) when they complain that their choice to have the child excluded from Christian instruction is honoured by the school. The father, Devin Doyle, complains that the child “feels excluded.” Apparently they order these things differently in France, where within living memory, hundreds of Muslim citizens of that Republic were murdered by the Paris police and their bodies thrown in the Seine, on the orders of a Prefect of Police who had previously arranged the deportation of 1,600 Jewish citizens to Nazi murder-camps.
What a contrived, counterfeit grievance! In a country where the Catholic majority were fined when they didn’t attend Protestant services, and where tithes were levied for the upkeep of Protestant institutions, we have bellyaching cranks objecting to the Angelus Bell on RTE. No matter that Protestants as well as Catholics recognise the Biblical authenticity of the Angelus prayers.
Living in London I delight hearing, amongst other sounds, Anglican Church bells and Anglican choirs and English Christmas carols, as I believe do my neighbours of every creed and none. I know also that the late Karl Marx, a Vestryman of St Pancras, used take his daughters to Catholic Churches and Chapels to enjoy the music.
I suppose he would have thereby incurred the displeasure of your very cross secular kill-joys.