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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Orange Invitation

Dear Sir, It was one year ago that the Grand Master, Edward Stephenson speaking at Rossnowlagh  said: “I publicly invite the President of the Republic of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, to join us . . . next year”. I am sure that inquisitive people like myself would like to know the answer to three questions: Was there an official request

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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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Northern Ireland must learn to live within means

I NOTED with some interest the headline (July 2), “Northern Ireland politicians as bad as the Greeks, says Theresa Villiers”. While the Secretary of State does not mention Greece in her excellent article, however “parts of Europe” is a clear reference to the present state of affairs in that country. There are obvious parallels between Greece and Northern Ireland. Both

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RECONCILIATION?

UNCONFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS RECONCILIATION? We need to hear genuine words of ‘abject and true remorse’ demonstrated in action.  In every society there is a need for uncomfortable conversations. Sometimes this need is ignored – like the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’. The issues, however, do not go away by being ignored. Others seek to address the discordant issues by ‘constructive ambiguity’, which

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