Tuesday 23 January 2018

Equality and fairness should come before religious beliefs

Former President Dr. Mary McAleese
Former President Dr. Mary McAleese

I refer to the letter from Richard Greene, Chairman of Alliance for the Defence of the Family and Marriage (Irish Independent, Letters, April 17, 2015).

He should be aware that all members of the Church of Ireland consider themselves to be catholic, albeit with a small 'c' and that the fundamental values of the Anglican church are broadly similar to Roman Catholic teaching. Mary McAleese took a brave and necessary step when she received communion in St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral. He says that the Church of Ireland does not believe in the Real Presence at Communion.

I have always understood that it was optional, i.e. you can choose to believe or not to believe and still be a communicant.

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