Thursday 27 October 2016

Letters: Church must confess to fact it failed to live by the Gospel

Published 27/06/2014 | 02:30

Pope Francis supports reform of the church
Pope Francis supports reform of the church

Nick Folley (Letters, June 19) employs something of an inverted polemic to cushion the inevitable impact of the Tuam 'mother-and-baby' revelations on religious orders and the church authorities of the time.

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He ups-the-ante from the off, by claiming that "the story of the babies' cemetery in Tuam has revealed a rather schizophrenic streak within Irish society".

One wonders what supreme sociological, quasi-medicalised qualification of judgement he can proffer to make such a sweeping and damning diagnosis of a whole society.

His framing of the natural human (and Christian) response to such revelations as being of a 'schizoid' nature is blatantly bombastic and overbearing.

His contorted perspectives continue apace, with the distorted camouflage of a narrative soaked in the "Victorian bourgeois" penchant for "respectability". Apparently, according to him, this was the key backdrop influence for all the extremely un-Christian deprivation and cruelty prevailing in such institutions.

No doubt the nuns, priests and bishops, who were at the coalface complicity of these regimes were fully immersed in and dedicated to Victorian bourgeois values?

Therein lies the nub of the travesty in this tragic quandary of appraisal. What fundamental Christian tenets of love, empathy, forgiveness and supportive care were practised by those who were dedicated to purely Christian values?

Would Jesus have propagated such grim systems of care, and brutal marginalisation? Wasn't his message all about forgiveness, support, love and empathic understanding?

For sure, families, communities, State, and society blithely colluded with the decrepit debilitation of the needy and misguided. But from where did the obsessive oppression relating to sexuality, reproduction and the equal rights of women emanate? It behoves the church and State to 'fess up' to gross inadequacies of care, but especially a church which purports to espouse the Gospel tenets of love, love and more love.



Post-game snack for Chewy Luis

Is it true Luis Suarez would have some fava beans and a nice Chianti after each meal ... I mean game?



Courthous must not close

I fully support the views of the Dublin Solicitors' Bar Association (Irish Independent, June 25). I am most alarmed at the proposed closure by the Courts Services of Dun Laoghaire Courthouse.

As the only solicitor out of 40 councillors on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, I am inundated with queries from constituents in relation to this very concerning development.

It should be noted that Dun Laoghaire Courthouse operates five days per week and covers a population in excess of 400,000. It deals with all criminal prosecutions (juvenile and adult); civil matters (save family law); and small claims. Dun Laoghaire is also unique as a suburban courthouse in that it has its own office which processes warrants, fines, penalties, stamp duties and maintenance payments.



Real cause of our legacy debt

Diarmuid O'Flynn is right to draw attention to the failure of the Government to get the EU to deliver on the undertaking to "improve the sustainability of (Ireland's) adjustment programme" at the June 2012 eurozone summit (Letters, June 26). He is, however, missing out the causes of the 'legacy' of debt.

The decisions which led to the bankrupting of the country, and necessitated the subsequent help of the troika, were made by a small number of our most powerful citizens in government, financial institutions etc during the years of the boom.

Those decisions were made subsequent to the decision of the then government to enter the eurozone. That decision failed to take into account the fact that, by joining, we lost our ability to devalue our currency.



We have ethics bred into us

I take great affront to the words of our President who thinks we need to bring ethics out of the pulpit and the ivory towers and bring them into daily life.

I have lived by a code of ethics most of my life: ethics given to me by my parents who taught me love thy neighbour and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I would expect more from the President than sweeping generalisations. Darren Williams




Unregulated tech business

Pol O Conghaile's feature on the Airbnb rentals shows how the pitch is getting very uneven in Ireland, and overseas, for established businesses vs new tech businesses.

Where are all the 'laws and rules' that established businesses have to abide by in this new age. If I own a taxi or a B&B, I have to abide by all these laws, but it seems that I can now be run out of business by Airbnb accommodation or Uber taxis who are not regulated. The State should apply the law across the board.



Where does FF stand on EU?

In recent statements Fianna Fail has stated that Brian Crowley's move from the ALDE, an EU federalist political grouping, to the ECR EU grouping is against what Fianna Fail stands for.

Can the party now confirm in clear language that it is also in favour of EU federation. Such clarity is long overdue in relation to all Irish political parties'.



Commentators' curse on cheats

The World Cup has provided some scintillating football, with barrel loads of excitement and controversy. On the negative side, the cheating has become so frequent and blatant that it threatens to ruin the sport.

I have noticed that commentators are expressing a new level of ambivalence towards cheating. Suggestions that diving and cheating are "all part of the modern game" is part of the problem.



On same page as columnist

I feel a certain elation today; David McWilliams, the crown prince of Irish economists, has come round to my way of thinking.

For many years I have bombarded newspapers, politicians, economists, academics, broadcasters, heads of think tanks, departmental public servants and anyone I thought appropriate with the suggestion that technology is diminishing work at an alarming rate. The Irish Independent has published my letters on the subject.

Since Mr McWilliams has indicated the first crack in the censorship dam which prevents consideration of the impact of technology and automation on work and jobs, I hereby challenge politicians, economists, newspapers, the broadcasters – and all who organise serious economic debate – to end the silence on consideration of how we might generate employment by adapting to the elimination of an enormous amount of work by technology. Our futures depend on it.


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