Pope Francis has rightly expressed his sorrow, shame and outrage at the Catholic Church’s role in cultural homogenization, ethnic cleansing, regrettable human rights abuses and the genocide of indigenous children in Canada.
These policies had embodied a destructive colonialism that denied indigenous peoples the freedom to exercise their basic cultural, religious, and spiritual rights. Unfortunately, many indigenous peoples in the international arena are going through similar ordeals.
It is time to acknowledge such injustices and recognize the cultural oppression, decimation and suffocation of peoples as crimes against humanity.
dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob, London
Finally frustrating for hard of hearing viewers
Any hard of hearing who happened to be out alone while watching RTÉ’s live coverage of the All Ireland football final between Kerry and Galway last Sunday had to wait very patiently until half-time to hear the names of the scorers.
Because the names were only shown on the TV screens for a few seconds at half-time.
This sad situation arose because the players’ names were not printed on their jerseys, nor did RTÉ bother to show (while the game was live) the names of players.
It really seems quite wrong that RTÉ and the GAA only expect people in the prime of life and in good health to be able to understand what is going on during live television matches as important as the All Ireland Final.
Does all this subtly mean that people aging or struggling with a disability must sadly be sidelined and forgotten by important organizations like the GAA and RTÉ?
Sean O’Brien, Kilrush, Co. Clare
City dwellers play a key role in reducing agricultural emissions
The milk processors are currently offering producers 60 cents per liter of summer milk free of charge – a record price for an unpasteurized food product in this country.
Meat processors pay more than €5 per kilo for heifer or ox meat. These are prices that have never existed in this country and are reflected in record prices on the cattle markets (the peak was around €5.60 per kilo at the end of May/beginning of June, according to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture).
Why is this? Are the Irish suddenly eating more meat and drinking liters of cold milk? Of course not. The vast majority of these products are exported to meet demand from countries as close to markets in America and Asia as Britain.
Hence the arguments of the likes of British writer George Monbiot – who wants to ban animal husbandry altogether – and Rob Sadlier, who somehow manages to compare food production in this country to the marketing of cigarettes (“There’s no beef with farmers, but cows are big Polluters’, Letters, July 27) are not based on reality.
In fact, a signature golf club in this country is known for importing US-made beef steaks because that’s what its US customers want after their 18 holes on the pristine fairways and greens.
If we’re really serious about reducing emissions from agriculture, it would help if people with affluent urban addresses stopped citing online surveys.
It would be even more helpful if they looked at their own privileged lifestyle and the lifestyles of those around them.
Better yet, spend some time in the countryside where all this food is produced – mainly for export markets.
Tom McElligott, Listowel, Co. Kerry
No free male contraception sends the wrong message
It’s encouraging to know that contraception will be free for women between the ages of 17 and 25. But why only for women? What about male birth control? The government should also provide free condoms for this age group.
In a healthy society, young men should share birth control responsibilities with women to avoid unplanned pregnancies and become parents before they are ready.
Alison Hackett, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
You can always count on Irish weather to be unreliable
It’s hard to say whether to look forward to terribly good weather or wonderful bad weather.
Eugene Tannam, Firhouse, Dublin 24
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/pope-right-to-express-sorrow-now-others-should-follow-41873003.html Pope is right to express sadness, let others follow