Civil partnership debate


Madam, – Angela Kerins’s contribution (Opinion, June 30th) offers the usual shallow nonsense about “discrimination”, “equality”, and “human rights” without any consideration being given to the consequences for the institution of marriage and for society at large.

It is part of a wider agenda of so- called “liberal values” that is currently being imposed on Irish society. It is rooted in an atheistic outlook summed up by the remark “this is as good as it gets, so you better enjoy it now”.

Everything must be twisted and turned and made fit this earthbound view of creation. Since there is no answering in an afterlife for our actions in this life everything is relative to the exigencies of the moment with all its implications.

This state of affairs brings to mind an extract from the writings of Archbishop Fulton J Sheen which I believe was written about a half a century ago.

“It is a characteristic of any decaying civilisation that the great masses of the people are unaware of the tragedy. Humanity in a crisis is generally insensitive to the gravity of the times in which it lives. Men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because they have no standard outside of themselves by which to measure their times.

“If there is no fixed concept of justice, how shall men know it is violated? Only those who live by faith really know what is happening in the world; the great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive processes going on, because they have lost the vision of the heights from which they have fallen.” – Yours, etc,



Blarney, Co. Cork.

Madam, – It was good to see a response to Vincent Twomey’s piece (Opinion, June 29th). Personally I didn’t get past the first sentence, in which he said “No church-State controversy in recent times has raised so many difficult political and moral issues compared with those raised by the proposed Civil Partnership Bill.”

Really? Does nothing bigger spring to mind? That this statement comes from a theology professor in Maynooth tells us a lot about the continuing level of denial in the Catholic Church. – Yours, etc,


Pinewood Avenue,

Ballymun, Dublin 11.