Concerned Church of Ireland

Concerned Church of Ireland

Letter from a ‘Concerned Church of Ireland’ member here in the Dublin diocese. To whom it may concern, It has recently been brought to my attention that merchandise of a political nature is being sold at the cathedral shop of Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. As a regular Church of Ireland member in Dublin diocese, I decided to take a look in at the cathedrals to verify for myself what the situation was, and can confirm that cards depicting nationalist/republican symbolism were on sale in the crypt shop of Christ Church Cathedral under the title, “1916 Commemoration” or “1916 Easter Rising”. Thankfully, a trip to St. Patrick’s Cathedral revealed no such material on sale in their shop, which is located at the back of the cathedral. Is it the job of the Church of Ireland to sell material of this political nature in its shop? Apart from this being offensive to many Church of Ireland members, especially from Northern Ireland, is it appropriate for the Church to be carrying material espousing any political views whatsoever? – which has no connection with Anglicanism, Christianity, church history, liturgy, or even architecture or local Dublin culture. Surely the church should be neutral on specifically political matters? I would very much like to know your views on this, and whether it would be appropriate to stop the sale of this merchandise from within the cathedral altogether. Yours faithfully, Concerned Church of Ireland Member]]>