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‘Silence is virtuous once it doesn’t leave truth vulnerable to misunderstanding’

Stephen Fernane


Following Fr Séan Sheehy’s controversial comments, a sample of Catholic school principals were asked for a response given the great work their schools do in helping pupils cope with sexual orientation and identity issues. Regrettably, the principals chose silence.

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Fr Séan Sheehy.

Fr Séan Sheehy.

Fr Séan Sheehy.

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Silence is a virtue that can say all there is to say without a grumble or a nod. Depending on the subject matter, silence can leave an adversary reeling with indecision.

There is much to respect about silence: it functions as a sort of pseudo wisdom until the dust settles or a storm of diatribe passes. Silence is good at masking our reaction when someone is intent on pressing our buttons. Silence also allows us to hear what we need to hear, a skill in short supply in a world of foraging for hashtags and retweets.


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