Fr. Mc Manus on “Baptized Catholic Boris Johnson”

Posted By: July 26, 2019

  “ I would welcome a Catholic hangman as much”
Capitol Hill. Friday, July 26, 2019— There has been considerable media news about it being revealed that  Boris Johnson is a Catholic—at least having been Baptized as a Catholic.

Fr. Sean Mc Manus—President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus—has received numerous inquiries on his reaction to this news. He has, therefore, issued the following statement:

“In 1921 the British Government came up with the ‘too-clever-by-half’ idea to appoint a new Viceroy for Ireland who was from a famous  English Catholic family: Lord Edmund Talbot, later Fitzalan, a Howard by birth. This was meant to conciliate Irish Republicans and Nationalists.

Sinn Fein’s classic response was: ‘a Catholic hangman would be as welcome.’

That about sums up my reaction to Boris Johnson. As long as any English ruler claims to rule any part of Ireland, I couldn’t care less whether he/she is Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, Atheist, or whatever. No faith, or lack thereof, makes England’s rule of any part of Ireland acceptable or democratic. I say ‘ England’ because one cannot really blame Wales (despite Lloyd George) or Scotland (despite Lord Balfour)— or, indeed,  the new secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Julian Smith, who was born in Scotland.
Furthermore, I believe in the separation of Church and State, unlike the unwritten, non-codified sectarian  British constitution.”