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Bishop deplores casual violence

AUXILIARY BISHOP Donal McKeown of Down and Connor has said that violence has become too common in popular culture, in everyday life and in international politics At the annual Pax Christi Ireland Mass for NonViolence, he said: “Violence has become an everyday feature of life – domestic violence, sexual assault, theft and robbery, the constant depiction of war and conflict in cinema and television. All of these communicate the assumption that righteous violence, whether it comes from the perspective of the brave sheriff or the idealistic Robin Hood, is the way to resolve conflicts.

He said: “The obscene amounts that are spent on national armies and their weaponry suggest that many still believe that the world is made up of us good people and the others who are evil, and that righteous violence is glorious, is not only permissible but commendable that everybody is at it so why shouldn’t we.”

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