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Fallen Anglicans and Other Limping Analogies

Eoghan O'Suilleabhain • 20 January, 2003

Back in my undergraduate days I had a Professor who used to say that: "All analogies limp, but some analogies limp more than others."

Now along comes the Papal Agent, Sean McManus, to analogize for us, in The Blanket, January 14, 2003, that Rory O'Bradaigh is like a static Second Vatican Classicist resisting all change to Republican orthodoxy, whereas Gerry Adams is like a dynamic Second Vatican New Theologian willing to push for change. And of course, O'Bradaigh's a loser, and Adams a winner — according to McManus & Madison Avenue.

And while I would agree with McManus that Gerry Adams and Company have indeed pushed for change that's about as far as I can go with his nauseating analogy. I think a better Catholic Church analogy would be the Protestant Reformation with Adams as a fallen Anglican begging to be re-admitted back into the Roman fold, and O'Bradaig as (dare I say it) John Knox, a principled Presbyterian.

That is, Adams pushes for change alright, but it's of the prodigal kind — which not surprisingly is the only kind of change the Catholic Church has ever really supported — demanding instead that we (speaking of cul-de-sacs) just keep giving to Caesar what is Caesar's.

Nothing McManus said should come as a surprise. Irish history is replete with examples of the Catholic Church conniving with our Conqueror. And since when has any Pope ever supported "liberation theology"? Even the present Pope left El Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romaro out on the skinny branches. But to even put a mendacious Machiavellian like Adams in the same sentence as the word "consciousness" is to drain that word of any meaning (unless also accompanied by the word "without" as an antidote).

Worse still are the petty insults unbecoming a man of the cloth. As if Adams is the only person ".staying in the North, and putting his life and liberty on the line every day for justice and peace." Where does Sean McManus think Ed Moloney researched his book? Zimbabwe!

Naturally, McManus doesn't define his terms, "justice and peace" being many splendid things depending on one's perspective. And apparently he only writes in The Blanket neglecting to ever read it hence his silly (if not indeed pernicious) observation ".that it is often the people who have been least involved — in this country and in Ireland — who are quickest to cry 'sell-out'." Tell it to Marian Price and all of the other Irish Republicans putting their life and liberty on the line every day for justice and peace in Northern Ireland and elsewhere who see the GFA for what it is: just another clever ruse for supporting the status quo.

And why does Sean McManus think just because the Cold War is over, the race by the British & Americans for global hegemony is too? The US is still on the military loose and the usual paranoid British Securicrats now fear a Muslim invasion by way of Ireland.

Hence the British perceived (and intentionally not talked about too much) need to maintain their Northern Ireland NATO beach head. Reference British Rear Admiral G.R. Sloan's book: The History of Anglo-Irish Geo-Political Relations (1997).

So much for the British being unable to convince the English-American infested US State Department about Ireland as another Cuba. Or did Sean McManus actually think that that ass Dick Haass was really a furniture mover?

All of which means Sean McManus has got it wrong because Adams has led his PSF personality cult into the same historical Irish cul-de-sac that Michael Collins did. Proof: the British were there then and here now and for all the same reason with the Catholic Church once again as their complicit side kick.

Like Collins, Adams got the support of the Catholic Church's hierarchy — which truth be told is Irish National Caucus President Sean McManus's real foreign principal (his parting declarations to the contrary notwithstanding). So much for liberation theology, an oxymoron if ever there was one.

Me thinks a better analogy for Gerry Adams would be the one by Gerry Adams for Frank Ross after the split between the Provisional and Official IRA in the early 1970's: "Poacher turned Gamekeeper."

And Frank Ross, like Michael Collins, also had the Catholic Church's support then like Gerry Adams has it now and all for the same reasons. Like prodigal sons, all fallen Anglicans are welcomed back into the static as ever geo-political Church of the Status Quo. And as ever, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Hardly a winning liberation strategy unless you can fool people into believing it for your very own self-aggrandizing ends like Eoghan Harris bleating periodically about how he was once left but is now right. Not a very principled position but it pays well.

Just ask Judas.



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Other Articles From This Issue:


Answers Needed Now
Francie Perry


Where are the courts of Human Rights?
Victor Barker


Principle, Pragmatism and Lies

Ed Moloney


Historical Unconsciousness
Seoirse McLaughlin


Fallen Anglicans and Other Limping Analogies
Eoghan O'Suilleabhain


A Message from the Heart of the Empire
Michael Youlton


19 January 2003


Fair Trial Not a Farcical Travesty
Bernadette Sands McKevitt


For Whom the Bells Toll
Anthony McIntyre


The Republic: Of Connolly, of Costello, of Kearney and Campbell

Terry Harkin


O Bradaigh versus Adams
Classicism versus Historical Consciousness

Father Sean Mc Manus


Beyond the Border
Annie Higgins




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