Cathedral drops Social Democrat from rota of readers over 'party's view on repealing the Eighth'

An activist for the Social Democrats in Cork has claimed that he has been taken from the roster of readers at Cobh Cathedral because of his party's stance on repealing the Eighth.

Cathedral drops Social Democrat from rota of readers over 'party's view on repealing the Eighth'

An activist for the Social Democrats in Cork has claimed that he has been taken from the roster of readers at Cobh Cathedral because of his party's stance on repealing the Eighth.

The Social Democrats advocate the removal of the Eighth (Life Equality) Amendment.

Ken Curtin, who has also been a Fianna Fáil cumann secretary, said he found out after mass last Sunday that his name was no longer on the lector rota at St Colman’s Cathedral.

He described it as "a complete bolt from the blue" and immediately spoke to the cathedral's administrator, Fr John McCarthy.

Curtin told The Irish Catholic: "Fr John told me that he had removed me from the list of lectors because of my party’s view on repealing the Eighth and my own support of the Social Democrats’ position.

"He said that regardless of my own personal position, as long as I was a member of a party that was a supporter of something against a core Church belief, I couldn’t be a lector at the same time."

Fr McCarthy apologised for not having warned Mr Curtin of the ban in advance.

Mr Curtin said: “My faith is very important to me,” before he added that he had not been “banned from going to Mass or banned from receiving Communion”.

However, he did claim that Fr McCarthy had had “huge issues” with him since he campaigned for a 'Yes' during last year’s Marriage Equality Referendum.

Fr McCarthy has not made any comment except to say he wanted to meet Mr Curtin this week.

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