Sir, – Your headline on Breda O’Brien’s column is seriously incorrect (“All Sisters of Charity Succeeded in Escalating Anti-Catholicism,” Opinion & Analysis, May 21).

Many of us who were baptized Catholics as infants but have since become agnostic about religion know many good-hearted practicing Catholics, lay and clerical, and appreciate their contributions to society. .

We have no objection to Catholicism as such. A Catholic has as much right to believe in Jesus as a Muslim has the right to believe in the writings of the Prophet.

What many of us find incomprehensible is that the Catholic Church seems unable to accept that the days when it could use state funding and laws to impose its teachings on the general populace are at its end.

Essentially, today, the Catholic Church relies on its property rights to impose its moral vision on our citizens – in our state-funded Catholic schools, where a third of parents would prefer a non-denominational education for their children. , and in our state – government-funded Catholic hospitals, the vast majority of which have publicly, in recent referendums, publicly rejected the position of the Catholic Church on sexuality, reproduction and marriage.

Relying on property rights to promote moral values ​​is doomed to failure – as evidenced by the collapse of religious practice in the home, the collapse of mass attendance, and empty seminaries and convents .

It really is time for Catholic bishops and religious orders to accept that the days of compulsory religion are over and that using their property rights to impose their moral views is only hastening the demise of true Catholicism. individual in Ireland. – Yours, etc.,




Co Dublin.


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