Rural Vs Urban Orangeism

Dear Madam,

I read with some interest the article “Mass rule is ‘destroying the Orange Order’” (24 April)

May I point out that the Audit, to which the article refers, has only one reference to the rule which prohibits attendance at Mass – a rule which is kept in the breach!

More importantly the Audit makes reference to the bad behaviour of Belfast Orangeman some seventeen times. On that basis it is not the Mass rule but the behaviour of Belfast Orangemen which is ‘destroying the Orange Order’.

Yours etc.

Brian Kennaway (Rev)

Former Convenor, Education Committee, Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland

Author: The Orange Order: A Tradition Betrayed.

This letter appeared in the Impartial Reporter on 1st May 2014