Church leaders should tell us to count our blessings

(From left to right) Rev Brian Anderson, Archbishop Richard Clarke, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Dr Ian McNie, Dr Donald Watts
The heads of the four main churches in Northern Ireland have come together to bless the new Stormont talks. Unfortunately, their 500-word statement only repeats the cliched liturgy undermining Stormont compromise. There is a Biblical lesson in our present difficulties in that money is the root of all evil. This applies not just to paramilitary gangs, which now exist solely for financial reasons, but to the entire talks agenda, which is deadlocked over welfare reform. Agreeing a new figure somewhere between Sinn Fein and London’s last positions should begin to fix everything. But ho[...]

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