4/19/2006

Fair play Fathers!

I was delighted to hear that a Protestant clergyman marked the 90th anniversary of the Easter Rising by celebrating Mass with three Catholic priests. The Rev Michael Graham, concelebrated Mass with Fr Iggy O'Donovan and two other priests on Easter Sunday.



The minister had brought 20 members of his congregation to the Augustinian Priory in Drogheda, Co Louth, where they took Holy Communion.

It seems however that everything isn't rosy in the garden and a row has broken out because of this fine occassion. Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Dr Sean Brady, said he intended to seek further details about the exact circumstances of the Mass.

"True ecumenism is best served by initiatives that are respectful of, and sensitive to, the traditions, ethos and discipline of all those involved, otherwise there is a real danger of causing widespread confusion, raising false hopes and creating situations that are open to misunderstandings and manipulation."

The head of the Church of Ireland said he would also be investigating, Archbishop Robin Eames, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, said: "... I share Archbishop Brady's concern over the implications for ecumenical relationships and I will be similarly requesting more information"

What in the name of all that is holy is wrong with these people?

It's not as if Fr Iggy (what a name!) celebrated mass with the Free P's, he celebrated mass with a Church of Ireland minister. Let's be honest, the COI is possibly the closest Church to the Catholic church and none of those involved were forced, they chose to be involved.

I am a Catholic, I believe that the Catholic Church is the "One True Church" but I would have no problem in celebrating communion with Protestants.

At the end of the day aren't we all suppossed to be Christians?

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