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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Fault lies with Dunloy Lodge

Dear Sir, May I take issue with the comments of Cllr John Finley (Ballymoney Times 2/9/15), when he states that: “And, once again, as we gather in Dunloy our civil and religious liberties are being denied to us by a police force and Parades Commission. . .” May I remind Mr Finley that, Rev. Dr. Warren Porter and I joined

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