David Quinn: Church needs to hold its nerve in face of hostility
This last month, and especially this past week, the Catholic Church showed that it has some small bit of life left in it after all, that it has not entirely left the public arena to the tender mercies of those who can't tell the difference between the common good and a bag of crisps.
A fortnight ago, the bishops issued a statement taking exception to the Civil Partnership Bill, as one would expect. That was the first sign of life.
In response, Green Party leader John Gormley did his best impersonation of a nightclub bouncer when he told Christians and other religious believers that they had no right to enter the public arena based simply on the fact that he doesn't agree with them.