Last week 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 due 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, 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 this country who are not afraid to speak out on the injustices and wrongdoings in the Church, and we must support their efforts to stand up and be counted.”
Protect the Pope comment: As well as putting robust safe-guarding procedures in place and co-operating with the Irish government, Pope Benedict recommended that the Catholic Church in Ireland could find renewal through acts of reparation through confession and the Eucharist.
In just over a week the Fine Gail party has ignored the hard work put in by the Irish Church to improve the safeguarding of children, and attacked both confession and the Eucharist. And they say they are not anti-Catholic!
The fact that a group of dissenting Catholic priests has called for the cancellation of the International Eucharistic Congress is shocking but really shouldn’t surprise – liberal priests are not known for their love of the Eucharist, seen in their abandonment of Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. They see such devotions as medievalism that has no place in the Church they are shaping in their own image.
According to The Guardian over 500 Catholic priests belong to the Association of Catholic Priests. Poor Ireland, things just get worse and worse.