Fiery fundamentalist anti-Catholic preacher Ian Paisley has softened in recent years. He said some time ago that he ‘loves Catholics.’ He has compromised to share power with his former enemies in Northern Ireland and here he says that he preaches about St Patrick every year and thinks St Patrick’s Day would be a good public holiday for all of Ireland.

Paisley was good friends with the late Bob Jones Jr. and used to preach at BJU every year when I was there. He was a strong character, an excellent preacher and a man of integrity despite the error of his theology and inflammatory political views.

It’s good to see that he is softening his opinion about Catholics.