• The Controversialists, the Atheists and the Believers are three divides creating, maintaining or challenging the status quo in Irish society today. All subscribe to varying degrees of liberalism.
1. Father Brian D'Arcy, Fr Tony Flannery, Fr Gerald Moloney, Fr Sean Fagan and Capuchin priest Fr Owen O'Sullivan are some of the clergy making the headlines for their 'controversial' attitudes. They have been censured because their writings and preaching did not comply with defined church guidelines; while some of their suggested changes were not feasible under Vatican dictat. Despite all the progress in technology and otherwise, ordinary individuals are bored and easily lured by their suggestions of variety or change; few even having the initiative to bother reasoning for themselves.
2. To proclaim being an 'atheist' has become fashionable today. Many in the media, showbusiness and an increasing number of politicians apparently find the title a 'seller'. An atheist is defined as a disbeliever in God or deity. In reality it appears an empty hypocritical existence because so-called atheists then go on to create 'materialistic deities' (power, money, property, etc) of less substance and believe in them. There is a National Association of Atheists based in Ireland and currently in contact with the Taoiseach and Tanaiste concerning the forum and agenda for the Government's proposed Constitutional Convention.