Mass And The Masses

 

Sir, - RTE's Prime Time "special" of February 3rd, turned out to be a sociological study and did not attempt to see how the needs of the human soul are or are not being met.The question needs to be addressed in a bigger picture. We are a people who have walked away from our language in the last century. Now we are walking away from our religion in this century. Are we involved in an exodus with somewhere to leave but nowhere to go? It might well be that it is not only Christianity we are walking away from. We could be walking away from our own souls and if we are we will surely end up in the wasteland T.S. Eliot has so frighteningly described.In a world that is going over the precipice, where we have become the iceberg into which the earth has crashed, we never needed Christianity more to wave the flag and cry stop. We, that have built the ESB offices in Fitzwilliam Street and Liberty Hall by the Liffey, might well be ashamed of our modern adventure when we walk into Chartes Cathedral and sense soul.To return to the Prime Time "special", are we now at a stage where we are abusing Brendan Smyth? Showing his image in slow motion is being made an RTE signature tune for the modern Church and does not take account of the God we must all make our peace with. - Yours, etc.,Pat Moore, C.C.

The Presbytery,

Gneeveguilla,

Rathmore,

Co Kerry.