Haider visit to vatican


Sir, - The Vatican's reception for Mr Haider and its acceptance of his Christmas gift (The Irish Times, December 16th) sends a clear message to the world: the Vatican tolerates and condones far right political ideology. The Vatican's "diplomatic gesture" is yet another gross insult to many minority groups whose pain and suffering the Vatican is ignoring - yet again.

The Vatican's recent apologies to some minority groups have been rendered meaningless by this action. - Yours, etc.,

David Whelan, North Strand, Dublin 3.