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Our bishops

Photo: Curia Communications Office

Photo: Curia Communications Office

I was amazed to hear on TV, challenging language being used in relation to bishops commenting on the current saga. The language left no doubt about it.

It is common knowledge that the remit of our highly-respected bishops does not include conducting magisterial inquiries, but is limited to faith and morals. But that does not mean that in our democracy, where one is free to express oneself, the bishops do not have the right to comment freely on any matter about which they feel they should express their views and convey the Church’s teaching for the common good.

Surely, if Nenu and Nena can freely express their feelings, and very often pontificate too, there is no doubt that the ‘aristocracy of education’ and the intellectuals can also make a point on any matter. In the bishop’s case they are free to address the faithful about truth, freedom and justice. Unfortunately, this sort of talk has become a need in most circumstances of daily life.

Offensive language and brinkmanship have no place on TV, or anywhere for that matter.

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