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Statement of Bishop Buckley concerning the Art Exhibition at UCC

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22 June 2011

Statement of Bishop Buckley concerning the Art Exhibition at UCC

Bishop Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Ross, said that many people were offended by the proposed exhibition and the portrayal of the Mother of God in such a fashion.

Bishop Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Ross, said that many people were offended by the proposed exhibition and the portrayal of the Mother of God in such a fashion. True pluralism respects the beliefs of all faiths and does not seek to ridicule the faith and convictions of any believer. He added that religious belief and respect for those beliefs must be central to modern society. We have seen, he added, the negative consequences that result from a lack of respect for religious beliefs in many cultures. An inclusive and open society must show respect for the religious beliefs and iconography of its citizens. Respect for Mary, the Mother of God, is bred in the bones of Irish people and entwined in their lives. Irish Poets and culture held Mary in the highest esteem. It is regretable and unacceptable that this exhibition seeks to portray the Mother of God in such an offensive way.

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