It was somewhat symbolic, not to say ironic, that the concord that signalled the beginning of the end of decades of religiously-linked violence in Northern Ireland should be called the ‘Good Friday Agreement’.
In order to bring it about, people had to sit at the same table with those who had killed friends, colleagues and loved ones. Not just pride, but genuine hurt, had to be put to one side. In a very real sense, a sacrificial price was paid.
In the wake of the vote going against the women bishop’s Measure on Tuesday there has been a massive outpouring of hurt and anger. It would be quite possible to analyse this and to comment further.
But when all has been said, one fact remains. Those in disagreement are going to have to sit down at the same table and resume the process of seeking a way ahead.
This must happen. It is not only inevitable, it is right. And the sooner it begins to happen, the better for all.
We should remember that we are the Church. If Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley can manage to talk to one another in the same room, then clearly so can — and should — we. Let those who have the option begin the process now.Please give a full name and location when posting. Comments without this information may be deleted. Recommend: