Bishops’ ecumenical appeal for calm as riots hit Northern Ireland city of Londonderry

Posted Jul 13, 2018

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has said that bombs were thrown at officers as they policed a sixth successive night of violence in the Bogside area of Londonderry the night of July 12. Despite the Irish peace process, a number of annual events continue to cause tension. This week’s rioting was sparked by a July 12 march in the city, which commemorated the 1688 victory by Protestant King William of Orange over Catholic King James II. Earlier this week, bishops from the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches made a joint visit to the area to meet people affected by the petrol bombs and to appeal to calm.

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  1. Rev'd. Dr. Ronnie T. Stout-Kopp+ says:

    This article is not altogether accurate. The English invited Protestant William to be King after ousting Catholic King James in 1688; however, William followed James to Ireland and engaged in several fierce battles. William won “victory” over James at the Battle of the Boyne 12 July 1690, thereafter inflicting the inhumane “Penal Laws” upon Catholic Ireland. BTW, William was the son-in-law of James. The annual July 12 march is by the Orange Order which is comprised of right-wing extremist Protestants and Loyalists who continue to do this to cause unrest and friction. This is similar to the Ku Klux Klan marching in the American South. Until the Orange Order stops this, the “Troubles” will never be over and peace will not truly manifest. BTW: I hold a Doctorate in Irish History.

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