Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Parties should stop meddling with 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 their faith in the Supreme Being." (Lyndon B Johnston).

There was a time when the Church did meddle in the affairs of state, crowning kings and taking sides in wars and crusades.

Now the position is reversed. Politicians dictate to the Church, overriding teachings on moral law.

More than half-a-million of Ireland's children presently live in homes where one, or both, natural parents are absent.

Does this not create big enough social and economic problems without adding to them?

BRIAN ROONEY

Downpatrick

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