Despite the fact that protests about criticism in the media of Catholic
priests in Ireland can sometimes be self-serving and counter-productive, and
despite the fact that cartoons of their nature tend to be edgy and
provocative, the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) believes that the
publication of the Martyn Turner cartoon in The Irish Times (April 16th,
2014) is gratuitously insulting to Irish Catholic priests, many of whom are
readers of that paper.
The cartoon’s resonances of sectarianism and bigotry have no place in the
pages of a newspaper which prides itself, as it does, on fairness and high
standards in its coverage, not least its awareness of the bigger picture. It
would be difficult to imagine a similar publication of such an offensive
cartoon in regard to the clergy of any other denomination or faith.
On behalf of our 1000-plus members and other Catholic priests, the ACP
protests in the strongest possible terms at this unacceptable slur on the