The ongoing effort to inflame religious strife in Ireland is particularly evident among some Protestant Bishops. Limerick’s Protestant Bishop recently insinuated that the Nationalist movement is rooted in religious intolerance, thereby exacerbating tensions. In the meantime, the Bishop of Ardagh has accused those celebrating England’s defeats of subjecting Irish Protestants, who supported England in recent wars, to hostility.
It is essential to note the absence of religious motivations in connection with Ireland’s land question. While bishops have the right to express their opinions on land and political matters, it is inaccurate and unfair to imply religious persecution.
The religious leaders engaged in this discourse must expect and accept strong rebuttals if they use provocative language to involve religion in Ireland’s challenges. The potential for a peaceful resolution is within reach, and landlords should thoughtfully consider their approach before committing to an all-out battle on the land question.
In the midst of these intricate debates, stakeholders need to recognize that Ireland’s issues encompass various dimensions, and invoking the sanctity of religion will only worsen the situation, especially in places like Limerick where such tensions have historical significance.
Northants Evening Telegraph – Thursday 11 September 1902