Bishop's call on celibacy


A chara, - What an entirely fitting conclusion to the bicentenary celebrations marking the death of Brian Merriman in Limerick in 1805 is Bishop Walsh's advocacy of a married Roman Catholic clergy (The Irish Times, December 23rd).

In his great poem Cúirt an Mheán Oíche/The Midnight Court (1780) Merriman decries clerical celibacy and predicts an early change in church law. Come on, the Banner! - Is mise,

LIAM Ó DOCHARTAIGH, Cathaoirleach, Cumann Merriman, f/ch Ollscoil Luimnigh, Luimneach.