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.
“It may be a different experience when coming to Mass again, but it will have Christ at its centre, and the people of God gathered around the altar. That in itself is worth more than any challenge or inconvenience we face in the days ahead.”
“This action, which is not taken lightly, is ... the only way of guaranteeing that vulnerable people, who might be so inclined to call into the church to pray or light a candle, are more encouraged to stay at home and keep within the regulations” – Bishop Nulty.
Clonmel parish priest told Leo Varadkar that he personally found the comment “extremely offensive and derogatory” and he urged him to retract it.
We will gather in Knock to pray to our heavenly Mother for future mothers and their unborn children in our country, says chief celebrant Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan.
The meeting was organised to explore ways in which the diocese can respond to the pastoral needs of parishioners in light of the declining numbers of priests.