Whatever one thinks of the way the Chesney case was handled, and granted McCrea is perfectly entitled to his opinion, it’ll probably be counterproductive for anyone in the DUP to stick the boot into the Catholic Church on this or any other controversy. Likewise I also think Sinn Fein’s tirades against the Orange Order only serve to increase the latter’s standing amongst their own members. The DUP and UUP both kept noticeably silent about the sex scandals, but Ian Paisley Jr had interesting comments (the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree) : http://www.ipjr.net/default.asp?blogID=695
Definitely a theological current at work, although I’m pleased to say that that video wouldn’t work for me. I take your point about criticising the Catholic church/OO being counter-productive, but I think that is looking at things the wrong way. The constituencies of both the DUP and PSF expect them to criticise these institutions, and are delighted to see this. And whenever such criticism comes from themmuns, it bolsters their respective claims to be the most effective defenders of “our” interests. So it’s a win-win as far as they are concerned. Their politics are based on a dynamic of confrontation, albeit just enough to keep things ticking over, and preventing real politics taking root.
It’s Ian McCrea, not Willie, referred to in the article. Apparently there is a convention in the DUP that you should call at least one son Ian.
Have often wondered about the reasons for the McCrea/Wright association. Maybe it’s simply a case of McCrea simply approving of Wright. But I cannot help but wonder if Wright was able to twist McCrea’s arm to some degree. On account of what, I can only speculate.