The celebration of a Mass is not a service to its participants, and access to religious services or sacraments do not come within the ambit of the Equal Status Act, said WRC director-general Liam Kelly.
A native of Craughwell, and a priest of longstanding, dedicated service in the diocese of Galway, is returning to his roots - Archbishop Eamon Martin.
“Prayer led him to peace and trust and to the confidence that the past was in safe hands and the future was also in safe hands. God had turned his wounds into wisdom” – Bishop Martin Drennan.
Bishop Martin Drennan's “dedicated ministry” to the diocese over the past 11 years recognised while the “high affection” he was held in by both priests and the public is highlighted.
"The needs we have to be successful, to be liked, to avoid criticism, to be noticed, are often not met. There are many who would gladly serve God in an advisory capacity.”
“It is possible to create safe spaces for those who think alike and who may come to feel that because they are like-minded they have discovered to right way.”
Many of those who worked on the cathedral, or who were altar servers, choir members, ushers and volunteers on the opening day fifty years ago were also present.