Show re­spect for the Pope

Irish Independent - - Letters & Editorial Comment -

■ As some­one who has writ­ten into any forth­com­ing death no­tice re­gard­ing lit­tle old me, I specif­i­cally men­tion: “No priests – no prayers – no prob­lem.”

This is not to in­fer I am anti-Catholic or against all re­li­gion, it is just not for me. The sim­ple name is athe­ist.

The men­tion here is in the hope the Pope’s visit will be con­ducted in a coun­try ma­ture enough to ob­serve good man­ners and cour­tesy.

To those who wish to por­tray a “new Ire­land” with a form of loud ‘dances with wolves’ protest com­pris­ing pos­si­bly colour­ful artistes and as­sorted groups who might wish to be­have in the most dis­re­spect­ful way pos­si­ble, think again be­fore you dis­grace the thought­ful cit­i­zens who are believ­ers in re­li­gion and are de­cent peo­ple who ought not be hurt by tyran­ni­cal mi­nor­ity an­tics which have be­come very fright­en­ing in re­cent times. Most will be too young to re­ally know what they rep­re­sent or be­lieve in, yet take time out to be ra­tional and cut His Nibs some slack.

Feel free to chuckle at his own garb, but leave the poi­son in­side your own four walls. Wel­come, Fran­cis. Robert Sullivan Bantry, Co Cork

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