Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ireland: Ban the Seal of Confession and Eucharistic Congress

Last week Irish Deputy Enda Kenny spoke of his determination to ban the seal of confession, now a member of his Fine Gail party is calling for the cancellation of the International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Dublin in 2012. Even worse, the proposal to cancel the Eucharistic Congress first came from a dissenting group of Catholic priests called the Association of Catholic Priests.

The Guardian reports:

"Senator Cáit Keane said the Eucharistic Congress,which is scheduled to be held in the capital’s Phoenix Park in June,to be put off in the light of the row over the Vatican‘s attitude to clerical child sex abuse inquiries in the republic.

"She said she backed suggestions from a group of rebel Catholic priests that one of the largest liturgical Catholic events be postponed.

Speaking in the Irish parliament,Keane said:“I support the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland request to postpone this event as I believe it is not an appropriate time for an event such as the Eucharistic Congress to take place in this country.

“I believe that everyone will be better served,given the sensitivities around the findings of this report,that it be held at a later date.

The association has over five hundred ordinary priests as members in Ireland.

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