Published 27/03/2012 | 05:00
• James Downey's branding of traditional Catholics, such as myself , as some sort of "no thinkers" is condescending and insensitive. However, the following extracts from reportage in the very same edition (Irish Independent, March 24) in which he wrote makes one wonder who or what is going to hold back the terrible tide of change occurring in what has been termed "post-Catholic Ireland".
We read of 'the corruption endemic in Irish politics', of a teen jailed for a 'sadistic' attack on a homeless man', of a farmer 'guilty of sexually assaulting four girls', of 'two men quizzed after party death', of a woman 'whose eldest son was stabbed to death', of the distress of a family over the killer of their garda son, 'a notorious criminal', being transferred to an open jail.
But the greatest indictment of 'liberalised' Ireland is the horrific growth of suicide among the young.