Interesting little tidbit from the Archbishop of Dublin Michael jackson yesterday
Sectarianism 'alive and well' in Dublin, says Church of Ireland archbishop - Religious News & Affairs | The Irish Times - Mon, Apr 15, 2013Sectarianism is “alive and well” in Dublin, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Michael Jackson, has said.
Speaking at a colloquium in Trinity College Dublin at the weekend, he said: “My own experience since returning to work in Dublin is that sectarianism, although polite in speech and smile, is alive and well in instinct and in prejudice. It is for this reason that I am particularly slow to agree that ‘the bad old days’ are behind us.”
certainly agree with him, the further north and closer to the border you get the less polite it can be. Side note, I noticed protestant Cllr Ian McGarveys home in Ramelton was attacked and daubed with spray painted messages which included the word "orange". Some nonsense too directed at protestant owned buildings in Kilmacrennan, added to the St. Anns in Ballyshannon (attacked more than once) I'm starting to think all the money Donegal CC is throwing at an anti-sectarianism campaign isn't as wasteful as I originally figured. Now, nothing like other parts of the world naturally, but my (and I dare say, the Archbishops) objection is to the notion that it's just non existent, was never a factor, never will be a factor. "We" are all enlighten children of the Renaissance while "they" are all filthly uncivilised animals.
Anyhoo, the most interesting part of Jacksons words in that article is this:
Would appreciate comment on this from both everyone with a Papist and Blackmouth background on those statements. I think that could be better served in a thread all of it's own, but not sure how the same article would go down with our overseers...In the Church of Ireland “many were content to see the Roman Catholic Church as holding a moral monopoly right across Ireland and many in the Roman Catholic Church and in society were happy to be beneficiaries of this self-granted status.
“With a degree of self-indulgent cynicism, sections of the Church of Ireland were happy to use this as a moral backdrop while rejoicing to trumpet their difference . . .”