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State meddling in role of the church

"The separation of church and state is a source of strength, but the conscience of our nation does not call for separation between men of state and faith in the Supreme Being" (former US President Lyndon B Johnston).

There was a time when the church meddled in affairs of state, crowning kings and taking sides in wars and crusades.

Now the position is reversed.

Politicians dictate, overriding teachings on moral law, eg on abortion. More than one third of Ireland's schoolchildren presently live in homes where one or both parents are absent. Does this not create enough social and economic problems, without further weakening natural bonds of marriage and family life?

"As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole world in which we live... Do not think that anything you do in life is more important than to be a good father and mother." (John Paul II on leaving Ireland, 1979)

Brian Rooney

Downpatrick

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