Thursday, May 16, 2013

A MEMBER of the congregation walked out of Mass after a priest urged parishioners at a First Holy Communion ceremony to lobby TDs against legislating for abortion.
Fr Anthony O’Brien made the comments at the end of two First Communion ceremonies in Carrigtwohill.
One member of the congregation, Sandra Troy, walked out of the church in disgust at the priest’s comments.
Ms Troy said she was “shocked and distressed” by the priest’s decision to talk about the abortion issue at the First Communion ceremony.
“I strongly feel it was inappropriate for him to air such controversial views at a gathering of innocents. These young First Communicants have no knowledge of such matters and should not have been subject to adult debate material on such a joyous occasion for them,” she said.
“Whilst appreciating the Church’s stance on these matters, I strongly feel there is a time and place for this debate. And, in my opinion, the local parish church in Carrigtwohill on May 11 was not such a place for that debate.”
Fr O’Brien said he was disappointed and surprised that Ms Troy did not make her concerns known to him personally after the ceremony last Saturday, and said nobody had contacted him about the remarks he made.
But he said: “The abortion issue is very serious and I feel we need to try to prevent the legalisation of abortion in this country.
“I said something to the effect that we need to contact politicians to highlight the seriousness of it. We need to try to make some effort to protect unborn life.”
A spokesman for the Diocese of Cloyne said Bishop William Crean had no comment to make on the matter.

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