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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Fr. Mc Manus Responds to John Curry

Fr. Mc Manus Responds to John Curry
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2005 09:44:38 -0600
To: "John Curry"
From: Sean Mc Manus <sean@irishnationalcaucus.org>

Subject: Re: Your recent opinion piece

Dear John,

Why such hostility and misrepresentation?

I had written:" I don't know how Gerry Adams does all that has to be done [namely, making sure Republicans demonstrate they are not involved in wrongdoing, dealing with decommissioning, and dealing with the policing issue] But I do know there is not another man or woman on the island of Ireland who can do it. Instead of being demonized Adams should be prayed for and wished Godspeed in his work to bring justice, equality, nonviolence and peace to Ireland. And in saying this I know I echo the opinion of the vast majority of Irish-Americans".

John Hume (whose role I actually acknowledged in the article) clearly believes that Adams is the man to do this; so do the Irish, British and U.S. Governments.

And I certainly believe that the majority of concerned Irish-Americans want to see " justice, equality, nonviolence and peace [in] Ireland".

So what is it that you find so objectionable?

Finally, you make a reference to "left-wing". A few weeks ago another critic referred to me " as a right- wing priest". The fact is I'm neither left wing nor right wing. And the "Irish National Caucus is neither Democrat nor Republican but Dedicated to Getting Both Parties to Stand up For Ireland... It is nonviolent and has no foreign principal".

So, John, no more misrepresentation, please... Let us work for justice and pray for peace in Ireland --- especially in this Most Holy Season.

Shalom.

Fr. Sean Mc Manus
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Dear Father McManus:

In your recent opinion piece published in at least one left-wing website, The Blanket, you state that the instinctual reaction of "the majority" of Irish Americans, for whom you seem to claim to speak with authority, will be to rally behind Gerry Adams in response to the universal negative publicity surrounding the pub murder in Short Strand.

I want to be one of those who disappoint your expectation, immediately. A legitimate concern over murderous criminal activity in Short Strand provides no cause for me to "rally" to the support of Gerry Adams. Adams has continued to publicly proclaim his affinity with the IRA, and thus his personal political fortunes are tied to the public impact made by the IRA and its members. In other words, he has made his bed, and he must now sleep in it. I feel no inclination to jump up to defend him. I believe you to be delusional to proclaim Adams as the "sole" individual capable of advancing the cause of peace and justice (written here not as a cliché) in the North. (Couldn't John Hume equally assume the position of ultimate Catholic leader of the peace and justice cause?) As is typical, your statement ignores highly problematic and troubling facts that have dogged Adams, SF, and the IRA since the Good Friday accord. Count me as one Irish Catholic American who prefers a search for a different "leader", and won't lament any downfall of Adams.

FYI, my Mayo grandfather was decorated by the Irish government for his service in the IRA in 1919-21 in the War of Independence. I proudly have custody of his medal. I would be a happy man if Ulster was incorporated into the Republic of Ireland. Not that you care.

Very truly yours,

John Curry

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Father Sean Mc Manus
President
Irish National Caucus
P.O. Box 15128
Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C. 20003-0849
202-544-0568

6 Comments:

At 12:09 PM, March 26, 2005, Anonymous Peter Began said...

What about the human rights of all the women and children murdered by Sinn Fein/IRA,Catholic and Protestant ???
The Irish national caucus is being used by Sean Mc Manus to incite hatered in Ireland.He appears to condone the actions of the terrorists

 
At 1:49 PM, March 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the comments of Peter Began.
Father McManus is a Republician bigot,using his position to entice Irish American's to support Sinn Fein/IRA. He talks a lot about human rights for catholic's in Ireland.
What about the human rights of Protestants ???
In 1921 when the south of ireland became a republic there were many thousand's of protestants living there,however now only 2%of the total population are Protestant.

Protestants moved from the south of ireland because of anti-Protestant feelings and intimidation.

 
At 3:43 PM, March 28, 2005, Anonymous Irishman said...

I fully agree with the statement made by John Curry.

Fr,McManus is wasting his time advising Gerry Adams on justice, equality,nonviolence or human rights.Sinn Fein/ira have no need for these things,they just murder,maim and rob like normal terrorists with no feelings.

It may be of interest to everyone who reads these items,read the records in "Fox's book of Martyrs"

Hundred's of thousand's of innocent Protestants massacred in cold blood in the most vicious way in Europe and Ireland by Romanist Clergy on instruction from Rome.

Make up your own mind when reading about St,Bartholomew's Day in France and The Barbarous Massacre in Ireland,the worst holocaust the world has ever known.(Carried out in the name of religion)

Maybe Fr,McManus would like to respond????

 
At 3:44 PM, March 28, 2005, Anonymous Irishman said...

I fully agree with the statement made by John Curry.

Fr,McManus is wasting his time advising Gerry Adams on justice, equality,nonviolence or human rights.Sinn Fein/ira have no need for these things,they just murder,maim and rob like normal terrorists with no feelings.

It may be of interest to everyone who reads these items,read the records in "Fox's book of Martyrs"

Hundred's of thousand's of innocent Protestants massacred in cold blood in the most vicious way in Europe and Ireland by Romanist Clergy on instruction from Rome.

Make up your own mind when reading about St,Bartholomew's Day in France and The Barbarous Massacre in Ireland,the worst holocaust the world has ever known.(Carried out in the name of religion)

Maybe Fr,McManus would like to respond????

 
At 3:42 PM, April 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who does Father McManus represent?
What is the member ship of Irish National Caucus? How does someone become "president" of Caucus? Would it be the same way that Gerry Adams became the forever "president" of SF/IRA? NO opposition, no dissent.
It seems very pretentious to refer to yourself as "president" of what I believe is a one man group.
Father-you have lived in this great nation for perhaps 40 years-when will you become an American?
When will you give you loyalty to this great nation which has given you and the Irish so much.
SF/IRA are enemies of democracy and of the US. Our true friends are the British and the British Unionist. They support us, they do not train terrorists in Colombia and the Middle East. British soldiers fight and die with us, while Irish Republicans support our enemies. Shame on you and shame on Irish Republicans. They are just criminals and thugs.

 
At 5:13 AM, March 09, 2006, Blogger seanaway said...

There seems to be a lot of uninformed opinion and rant on this site. Emotions always run high on such diviseive issues, but as an Irishman born and bred I can tell you that very few of the views expressed on this site are based in either fact or current reality.

e.g.
In 1921 when the south of ireland became a republic there were many thousand's of protestants living there,however now only 2%of the total population are Protestant.

Ireland did not in fact become a republic in 1921. It became a Free State. The republic was declared after WWII. I will leave the reader decide whether such a simple oversight of an easily checked fact reflects on the veracity of the remainder.

also..

Make up your own mind when reading about St,Bartholomew's Day in France and The Barbarous Massacre in Ireland,the worst holocaust the world has ever known.(Carried out in the name of religion)


What happened to the Cromwellian massacres in Ireland, carried out in the name of the Protestant religion? The 4 million Irish Catholics lost through starvation and emmigration during the 19th Century famine - even though the Protestant landlords had plenty of produce to export from Ireland for profit?

Get a balanced view of history before you try to balance the present situation in your mind and, more imnportantly, before you try to offer solutions that your grandchildren may have to pay the price for. After all, isn't that what we are doing for our ancestors mistakes?

 

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