Orange Order discontented

I note with some interest that the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland are to seek yet another meeting with the Secretary of State to “register yet again our discontentment with this unacceptable situation”. (February 29) Are the Grand Lodge offices totally ignorant of the wise advice previously given from two sources? The Parades Commission, who commented in their July 2013 determination:

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The Contribution of the Orange Order to Irish Society

Published on the ‘Political MindFields’ Blog Site By Rev Brian Kennaway 15/10/2015   When my book was reviewed in History Ireland (May/June 2006) the reviewer, Kevin Haddick-Flynn commented: “He seeks to convince us that the Order’s true values, enshrined in its ordinances and constitution, are compatible with tolerance and equality, and that a reformed Order, true to its history, would

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Presbyterians and dissenting tradition

Sir, – While I have no wish to prolong this discussion I must respond to Prof Paul Carmichel (October 3rd). In 1988 the Presbyterian Church in Ireland revised its understanding of the confession by declaring, “the historical interpretation of the pope of Rome as the personal and literal fulfilment of the Biblical figure of ‘the antichrist’ and ‘the man of

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Presbyterian Church and marriage

Sir, – Since my letter of September 26th some contributors have missed the essential point of what was written, and even taken the “scenic route” around the subject. The Presbyterian Church in Ireland is a confessional church. That in effect means that the church’s ministers and elders who sign the Westminster Confession, as a confession of their faith, are tied

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Remarks show confusion about Church doctrine

Dear Sir, I note with some concern the remarks by your religion correspondent, Alf McCreary (BT 24 September). In the first place the public statement by Rev. Christina Bradley had to be responded to in public, just as a private statement would have required a response in private. Secondly, to use such language as ‘presbyterian thought police’ is grossly offensive

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Presbyterian view on same-sex marriage

IRISH TIMES: In response to an article by Patsy McGary of 24 September Sir, – The Rev David Latimer would appear to be confused about the nature of the church of which he is a minister. It is not simply a matter of “seeing things differently”, as he suggests. The Presbyterian Church in Ireland is a democratic church in relation to

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Persistent bad behaviour undermines unionism and Orangeism

Irish Times 14th July 2015 Persistent bad behaviour undermines unionism and Orangeism Grand Orange Lodge has tried ‘every trick in the book’ to undermine Parades Commission   Believe it or not, this year marks the 20th anniversary of what has become known as “Drumcree”. It was the stopping of the return parade from morning prayer at Drumcree parish church on

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George Best – Role model?

Is he the Best role model for Order? Reading the article “Famous Red Devil who once wore orange – Football legend Best’s collarette to go on show at Orders new museum” by Nevin Farrell (BT 22 June) left me disturbed on two accounts: Firstly, is George Best, who was well known for much more than his football skills, really the

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Repeating Mistakes of the Past

I am sure that many from the unionist community were, like myself, distraught to hear the call of the Grand Master, Edward Stephenson, yesterday to: “encourage Orange brethren and our supporters to demonstrate their displeasure at the current situation by holding peaceful and legal protests across Northern Ireland, at times and locations of their choosing, over the coming weeks.” Have the

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