It seems the Irish Dominican province has been hijacked by a group of right-wing culture warriors.
Reading the leaflet one could easily get the impression that Dominicans have exclusive rights on truth.
It's insulting to the bus driver, the nurse on the hospital ward, the IT worker, the gardener, the cleaner, the teacher in the classroom, the journalist, everyone, who is not a cleric.
Is this really what has become of the Irish Dominicans? It can't be as ludicrous as this? Does the material tell us anything about the work Irish Dominicans do?
It tells us that "Dominicans live in imitation of Christ". Self-centred gobbledegook. Far too universal a statement to have a shred of truth about it.
The layout, the style, the typeface is unattractive.
On the accompanying prayer card one reads: "... Our Blessed Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and patrones(sic) of the Order.
"The form of life of the Dominican friar draws him to enter more perfectly into union with Christ and to be transformed along the way." In this awkward sentence it's still possible to get a sense of the pomposity of the leaflet. Indeed, an insult to the parents of every single Irish Dominican.
What sort of people would or could be attracted to this view of life, the world, God?
Does it say a meaningful word to 21st century readers?
The vocabulary throughout the leaflet is simply alienating and couched in pious cliches.