Richard Ryan said that the Catholic Church would do well to follow the ideals of the Bible in order to prevent further scandals of child abuse (Letters, January 5). I do not feel that this would be a wise move.
After all, in Numbers 17-18, following the Hebrews' victory over an enemy tribe, God commands them to: "Kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by sleeping with him.
"But all the women, children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves."
It appears to me that the Bible condones the murder and rape of young children, and I most certainly would not quote it in an effort to discourage such despicable practices. Mr Ryan criticises hypocritical churchmen, but I feel hypocrisy extends to the a la carte following of the Bible that is predominant among Christians.
Ciaran O Dubhthaigh
Kilmovee, Co Mayo