Hopefully the scare tactics used by these people will be resisted by reasonable Catholics who will vote for divestment. The use of State schooling by Catholics and Protestants to inculcate Christianity in successive generations has clearly failed. The churches are thronged with pre-first communion and pre-confirmation classes, but as soon as these ceremonies are over, church numbers continue their downward spiral. These sacraments have become largely cultural and ceremonial events that have little to do with the practice of Christianity. They are seen by children as social events when themselves, their parents, friends and relations have a good day out and their memories are consigned to photograph albums. Christianity cannot be taught through sterile doctrines; rather it is taught through the example of a Church willing to jettison so much baggage accumulated over the centuries and return to the gospel of Jesus of Nazareth. Brendan Butler Malahide, Co Dublin Meat message only serves to deflect from existential threatMargaret Donnelly writes “I won’t apologise for my burger” (Irish Independent, April 5) and proceeds to engage in whataboutery and deflection, classic tactics of someone who cannot deal with the substantive argument they are faced with and/or has an ulterior motive. Climate breakdown… Read full this story
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