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By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 16, 2006

For St. Patrick's Day, the great saint's own successor, Archbishop Sean Brady of Armagh, has issued a statement. What a great opportunity to rally the Irish people to the faith. Can't you just hear the skirling of the bagpipes as the archbishop reaches his peroration:

Next week, Intercultural Week is being celebrated. It is being organised by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland in conjunction with the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism in Ireland. The week will focus on encouraging a greater involvement and a greater sense of belonging for people from minority ethnic backgrounds. The civil law lays down the basic standards but something more is needed to build a society that is truly inclusive, a society that is welcoming and respectful of people of different cultures, languages and traditions...

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  • Posted by: Janet Baker - Mar. 21, 2006 8:10 PM ET USA

    Have the snakes returned to Ireland?

  • Posted by: Oliver Plunkett - Mar. 18, 2006 3:28 PM ET USA

    Please note that "Protestants" and "Catholics" are persecuting eachother in a daily basis in Northern Ireland. Ethnic minorities are being burned from their houses. Last week a Catholic Church in Belfast, whose parishoners are from "minority ethnic backgrounds" was daubbed with hate graffiti and had human feces near the Tabernacle. The good Archbishop was using St. Patrick to create peace between waring factions. The poor reporting here has blackened Brady's name. Beware what you read.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 17, 2006 3:38 PM ET USA

    Thank You, Non Sum Dignus, for providing the link to the 'rest of the homily'. I think some of the comments be less caustic if the expanded text would have been provided 'in the beginning'. I pray they would.

  • Posted by: Richard685 - Mar. 17, 2006 8:51 AM ET USA

    Perhaps more objective reporting and less sarcasm would encourage more people to subscribe to your reporting service. Leave the sarcasm to the less charitable. Dan M.

  • Posted by: NonSumDignus - Mar. 17, 2006 7:59 AM ET USA

    I think it's unfair to the Archbishop and to your readers to omit the first part of his homily which firmly grounds these words in the Gospel and in the context of St. Patrick's mission to Ireland. Full text can be found here .

  • Posted by: - Mar. 17, 2006 1:33 AM ET USA

    Could it be that the archbishop is trying to subtlely encourage social interaction between the Protestants and Catholics of the region? God help him if that's the case and may St. Patrick pray for him. I love St. Patrick and I thank God for making me an Irish Catholic!! I love Ireland, and would dearly love to return.

  • Posted by: snowbird - Mar. 17, 2006 12:47 AM ET USA

    Worried about political correctness or just plain inept? A fifth grade kid could have written a more appropriate and inspiring message. The land, once of saints and scholars, is badly in need of some help.

  • Posted by: Gino - Mar. 16, 2006 8:14 PM ET USA

    This man could empty any Church. God forbid he should talk about the great Irish patron Saint and give a statement extolling Saint Patrick and the Church. Happy Saint Patricks Day to all. My father came from Ireland and in our house it was always a Holy Day of Obligation for us. I'll pray for the Bishop at Mass tomorrow.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 16, 2006 12:39 PM ET USA

    Sure now. Has the good Archbishop picked up his certificate from the School of Charmless Blarney?

  • Posted by: corquin - Mar. 16, 2006 11:38 AM ET USA

    Is it any wonder that more and more Irish Catholics are losing their Catholic heritage, history and identity? St. Patrick would make short shrift of this poor excuse for a bishop, and of Armagh, no less! Please pray that the great saint will continue to watch over those who wish to remain faithful in spite of the obstacles put in their way by their own spiritual leaders!

  • Posted by: Sir William - Mar. 16, 2006 11:35 AM ET USA

    Good heavens, the poor man sounds more like a governmental event coordinator than an archbishop of the Catholic Faith! Heaven help the poor folks of Ireland! St Patrick, you who were not 'tolerant' of druids and paganism, or 'respectful' of the people's superstitious ways and beliefs, pray for this Irish son!

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Mar. 16, 2006 11:31 AM ET USA

    It took Marty Haugen only three simple words to compose his utterly banal nonsense , "All Are Welcome," but it seems to have taken His Excellency almost one hundred sputterings of utter bureaucratese to say the same thing. However, Haugen's banality is hard-wired by its Madison Ave melody into our passive brains, while Archbishop Brady's words are just more dust in the wind. I am not sure which is the lesser of the two evils.

  • Posted by: Convert1994 - Mar. 16, 2006 11:01 AM ET USA

    What tripe! I wish Archbishop Brady could have heard the homily my parish priest delivered at Mass last Sunday. After devoting most of the homily to the Gospel reading and encouraging us to renew our commitment to Christ this Lent, the priest then lambasted those who have turned St. Patrick's Day into a beerfest, even naming a local Catholic (?) university by name. St. Patrick was an evangelist, we were firmly reminded, and to get blasted dishonors his memory and his commitment to Christ.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 16, 2006 9:33 AM ET USA

    Why do I always get the impression, when I read this type of inclusive drivel, that the implied subtext is "homosexuality is ok with God"?

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