People of faith do not deserve ridicule
Sir - Well done to Eilis O'Hanlon (Sunday Independent, August 26) for such a fair and balanced article in the midst of all the hysteria surrounding the Pope's visit to Ireland and to the Sunday Independent in general for providing balanced coverage of such a controversial event.
I understand the pain and anger felt by so many whose lives have been affected by abuse and subsequent cover-ups. I think it was only right that there was a simultaneous gathering in Dublin to support victims of abuse while the Pope said Mass in the Phoenix Park.
However, I do not understand the constant ridicule of people of faith. I do not agree with groups buying large numbers of tickets to events with no intention of attending and so depriving people of faith of the opportunity. I do not agree with certain celebrities, one well-known author, for example, cracking jokes on Twitter about the '12' people who attended the Phoenix Park and engaging in banter ridiculing the 'sheep' who went to the ceremonies.