A historic problem
WHETHER or not you believe George Pell is guilty of the crimes he has been convicted for, there is no doubt that most people are repulsed by the thought that such horrible things have been going on for such a long time, in not just the Catholic, but other churches as well.
While I am sure that there are some very fine, even saintly people in most churches, how can it be conceivable that the institutions that claim to be the guardians of our morals, and tell us that the only way to redemption is to follow their way of thinking, still have such evil predators in their midst?
Obviously, something has gone very wrong with the system.
Malcolm McCulloch, Pipers River.
PAT’S view (The Examiner, March 4) was spot on highlighting one of the archaic cornerstones of the Christian faith, martyrdom.
Even now in the 21st century, we Christians are so well trained not to dwell too much, preferably not at all, on the evils committed by those we are encouraged to trust the most. We are allowed to dwell plenty on the evils of a stranger, or Isis and the like.
Some even argue we need WWIII, so to shift our focus from evil on the home front.
A heartless lot, church and state hierarchy, yet Jesus has wept for over 2000 years.
He still weeps, along with other humanitarians throughout history, with victims, survivors and their supporters.
The act of paedophilia is a crime against humanity, regardless the moment in history, or where in the world, regardless how artfully paedophiles explain away the crimes or hide them from others in the family, from police or the public eye. Proven or not in a court of law.
Deb Johnston-Andrews, Newnham.
A troubled Vatican
THE only way for the Catholic church to solve the abusing accusations is for the Pope and his cronies to make a statement saying that all priests and nuns can marry if they wish to.As far as I am concerned no religion or sects should have the power and or the right to stop males and females from having a sexual relationship or get married.
They can still serve their duties to their church as they do now. Here’s hoping.
R. Greeno, Riverside.
The right to shoot
WHAT right has Jim Collier (The Examiner, March 1) got or who gave him the right to downgrade and bully registered and licenced firearm owners in Tasmania, who are trying to continue a sport that has been around for my life and many others as well.
Thanks to Jim Collier, Tasmania is now a firebomb and is overrun with wallabies, kangaroos and possums, creating ample roadkill for the do-gooders to whinge about.
Phillip Dodd, Gladstone.
Lack of Respect
LAST weekend I took some friends to the wonderful Shropshire Park in Ulverstone.
One of those whom I took was the daughter of a sailor who served on HMAS Shropshire during WWII.
Imagine her disgust at seeing written on that memorial, erected by other former naval servicemen and women honouring the service of her father and the brave men who served on HMAS Shropshire during wartime, the words “Stop the Pollution”.
The person or persons who did this desecration are beneath contempt and there is not one imaginable excuse that could be offered to justify this wilful contempt for our serving and ex-serving personnel.
To all those who would desecrate shrines honouring our fallen, you are the lowest of the low and deserve to be condemned by naming and shaming if at all possible. Keep your sick ideologies away from our fallen.
Brian Ellis, West Launceston.
FORMER foreign minister Julie Bishop may have let her ego get the better of her when stating recently that she would have made a better Prime Minister than Scott Morrison, and going as far as to say she would have beaten Bill Shorten at the next election.
Unfortunately for many politicians what they think of themselves does not matter one iota.
People are sick and tired of politicians running each other down and may I say this, voters are not fools, we are now aware that negativity in any political party’s campaign towards the next election, (without firm policies) will go down with the public like a lead balloon.
Robert Lee, Summerhill.
LISTENING this morning it seems to me that the salmon industry is becoming another Gunns, and we all know what happened to that - it went belly up.
No one seems to want to talk about the drawbacks to the industry, the waste that's polluting the waterways and eventually the cost involved in cleaning it up, damage to boats and the devastation to marine life.
As with Gunns, the government bend over backwards for this industry so let's hope that we can keep it going without disastrous results to the people involved and the environment. We only have one of the latter and we seem to be stuffing it up with everything we do.
Glennis Sleurink, Launceston.
Liberal Party Resignations
LETTER by Edward Sianski (The Examiner, March 6) “Liberal Party resignations”.
I notice that he had an identical letter published in The Australian on Monday, March 4.
He must believe that his humour deserves to be well spread.