Rev Foster does not quote 22nd Article correctly

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The Rev Ivan Foster (August 4) is quick to accuse Mr McEvoy of using weasel words.

But the Reverend gentleman should be careful with his own pronouncements lest he be found to be using weasel words himself.

If he is going to quote the texts of the Anglican Church to make a point, then it is important to quote them correctly and not mislead the readers of this newspaper by changing words here and there.

Mr Foster quotes the 22nd Article of Religion as saying that “Purgatory ... is a futile thing, foolishly conceived”.

However, this is not the case. The Article says that: “The Romish Doctrine concerning Purgatory, Pardons, Worshipping and Adoration, as well of Images as of Relics, and also Invocation of Saints, is a fond thing, vainly invented, and grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, but rather repugnant to the Word of God.”

If Mr Foster can be so lax about quoting this text accurately, one wonders how diligent he is about all other statements he has made.

One last thought, as Mr Foster is so keen on quoting the Articles of Religion of the Anglican Church, one wonders why he appears not to be an Anglican priest but a Free Presbyterian minister.

John McFarland Campbell, Dublin, 1