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Does anyone say ‘polyester Protestant’?

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08 November 2013

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From Mr Louis Hemmings

Sir, - I found it curious that your report "Senior C of I clergy in 'sectarianism' row" (News, 1 November) made no mention of the absolute scorn that many Church of Ireland members (including me) poured on Archbishop Jackson's ridiculous phrase "polyester Protestant".

Not one of the many Irish Times correspondents has ever heard of the phrase. It is worthy of Basil Fawlty. Many aspects of the Church of Ireland are becoming irrelevant in contemporary Ireland. Is it any wonder?

Not one of the C of I bishops popped his head over the parapet during the recent abortion-legislation debate. Shame on them!

LOUIS HEMMINGS
Avonbeg, Newtownpark Avenue
Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland

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