Rev Gray’s big­oted di­a­tribe an out­rage

Belfast Telegraph - - LETTERS -

REV John Gray’s re­marks on a pos­si­ble visit by Pope Fran­cis to the North of Ire­land (Write Back, May 9) are ab­so­lutely dis­grace­ful; his com­ments about a memo­rial to those mur­dered in En­niskillen on Re­mem­brance Day 1987 de­spi­ca­ble.

The hurt and grief of fam­i­lies is un­der­stand­able, and there are gen­uine prob­lems about the ap­pro­pri­ate sit­u­at­ing of a per­ma­nent memo­rial.

For Rev Gray, how­ever, to ac­cuse the Catholic Church of “dis­hon­our­ing” those mur­dered by the IRA bomb is sim­ply a pro­jec­tion of his own anti-Catholic views. Like­wise his at­tempt to use the scan­dal of child sex­ual abuse in the Catholic Church to jus­tify his jaun­diced views.

The pain caused by sex­ual abuse of the young is preva­lent in ev­ery strata of so­ci­ety — sec­u­lar and re­li­gious. Sex­ual abusers are to be found in all Christian de­nom­i­na­tions.

If the Pope comes North, the vast ma­jor­ity of Chris­tians — Catholic and Protes­tant — will wel­come him.

The bit­ter hearts and minds of peo­ple like Rev Gray are not rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the greater num­ber of the cit­i­zens of North­ern Ire­land.

Good­ness and de­cency will al­ways pre­vail over con­tempt.

FR PA­TRICK McCAFFERTY Cor­pus Christi Parish, Belfast

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