Saturday 16 December 2017

Fr Delaney's views are at odds with the thinking of the Pope

Pope Francis: Difference of opinion. Photo: AP
Pope Francis: Difference of opinion. Photo: AP
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Fr Martin Delaney (Irish Independent, December 19) bemoans the citing of the considerable increase in non-religious marriages by Richard Bruton as evidence of a "more secular agenda".

In an interview with 'La Croix' last year, Pope Francis said "States must be secular…I believe that secularism accompanied by a strong law which guarantees religious freedom provides a framework for moving forward". I take it Fr Delaney does not share the Pope's position.

There seems to be much misunderstanding around secularism. Fr Delaney draws no distinction between doctrinal secularism and political secularism.

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