Fr Power concluded that these two breaches show a lack of concern for the health and safety of others. He added: “Priests and other communicants could have been exposed to Covid infection.
Cancellation of Masses and directives on funerals are necessary as the Church puts its shoulder behind the national effort to protect the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
Reduction in Masses from 113 to 96 over the weekend of 6 to 7 October 2018 aims to offset the decline in priest numbers and the aging profile of those still in ministry.
Bishop of Kerry Dr Ray Browne speaks of shortage of priests in his diocese and outlines principles that will guide parish life when weekly Sunday Mass is not possible.