Friday 17 January 2020

Letters to the Editor: 'Bush fires and oil bonanza point to a calamitous 2020'

Blaze: Firefighters tackle one of the massive bush fires engulfing New South Wales, Australia. Photo: Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade via AP
Blaze: Firefighters tackle one of the massive bush fires engulfing New South Wales, Australia. Photo: Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade via AP
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

When you see the Aussie PM denying climate change having any bearing on the bush fires blazing out of control around Sydney, and the Saudi state oil company Aramco becoming the world’s largest company (and biggest fossil fuel producer) with an initial valuation of $1.9trn (€1.7trn), you just know the powers-that-be have absolutely no intention of ever tackling climate change. 2020 has all the makings of being a calamitous year.

Liam Power

Co Louth

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Santa’s work is done but our generosity can fill the year

The season of joy is here, and Santa has distributed his presents far and wide. It is a time of generosity and often excess although my earliest memories are of my grandmother – from the generation who lived through the Depression – always with a strong voice: “Save the wrapping paper.”

The austerity of her time was of course sensible, but we all knew that for us it would mean a smaller present the next year and the following years until no paper was left.

The message we should all remember from Christmas, whether or not we believe in the religious component, is that we should be generous and not just to our family and friends but everyone else. Santa has finished his journey and his present giving so it’s our time to take up the job and help out for the other 364 days – actually 365 in 2020.

Dennis Fitzgerald

Melbourne, Australia


‘Angelus’ fails to raise spark of protest in inclusive Ireland

Mary Kenny is known for her conservative Roman Catholic views. But to praise the public service broadcaster RTÉ for relaying the ‘Angelus’ twice daily surely shows lack of tolerance for Protestant churches, Jews and Muslims in Ireland.

The ‘Angelus’ prayer incorporates beliefs about the Virgin Mary that other religions and secularist do not accept, for instance the virgin birth. But RTÉ deserves first prize for being the only public service broadcaster in the world to relay the ‘Angelus’. Even Vatican radio does not broadcast the ‘Angelus’ bells.

Clearly, though, it seems that Protestants, Jews, Muslims and humanists are content with this as they have failed to protest.

Inclusive new Ireland?

Robin Bury

Toronto, Canada


Non-denominational move will help Church schools

I read with interest Katherine Donnelly’s article ‘Catholic Church domination of schools slowly chipped away again’ and I am amazed at the peculiarly Irish use of the term “multi-denominational”. There should be honesty in the language we use and, in fairness to atheists and humanists, new Educate Together and ETB schools should be called what they are, “non-denominational”. Surely that is what they are!

Meanwhile, I personally welcome the fact these new non-denominational schools will allow Catholic and Church of Ireland schools become more meaningfully denominational.

Alan Whelan

Co Kerry


Catholicism is safe in the hands of Pope Francis

The pontificate of Pope Benedict was indeed a hard act to follow. He was in many ways the perfect pastor, firm but fair.

In this context, Pope Francis had an unenviable job. And, initially many people had their reservations. Was he trying to be too popularist, appealing to the lowest common denominator of woolly liberal/feminist Catholicism?

However, in many respects he has defied this caricature, specifically in relation to some of the “hot-button” social issues.

Despite a questionable start, it seems that the papacy is still in very safe hands.

Eric Conway

Co Meath

Irish Independent

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