Rural Vs Urban Orangeism
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’.
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