I had a letter in the Irish Times yesterday, responding to a Fintan O'Toole article:
Sir, – Fintan O’Toole (Opinion, May 1st) is entirely right when he
criticises the Catholic Church in Ireland for its former slowness to
react to clerical child abuse, and entirely wrong when he criticises it
for disciplining priests who question defined Catholic doctrine – this
too, let it be noted, hardly done with lightning speed, considering how
long many of these figures have been undermining orthodox teaching.
calls the Catholic Church “stupid” and says “it is doing a far better
job of destroying itself than its worst enemies could dream of.” But the
truth is that the Catholic Church existed long before any of the
fashionable causes O’Toole espouses, and will continue to exist and
flourish long after those causes are a footnote in history.
the church’s critics might open their minds enough to accept that such
an ancient institution has learned to look beyond the catch-cries of the
moment in favour of enduring truths? – Yours, etc,