Irish Examiner view: A deepening disconnect of Catholicism in modern Ireland

Some members of the Catholic hierarchy run roughshod over pandemic discipline while others run counter to provisions enshrined in our Constitution
Irish Examiner view: A deepening disconnect of Catholicism in modern Ireland

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran said communion and confirmation ceremonies should be held in line with public health regulations.

It is not difficult to imagine how government, or wider society, might react if one group or another decided that it could no longer observe pandemic disciplines.

The reaction would be firm.

That some 18,000 people used walk-in vaccination centres this “inspiring weekend” confirms that; that 64% were aged 19 or under affirms that view.

Yet, despite unambiguous warnings, that is exactly what some members of the Catholic hierarchy propose. 

Last week, the Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran, spoke about the need to ease restrictions and said he would break them. 

Bishop Doran said communion and confirmation ceremonies should be held in line with public health regulations, he said:

The mission of the Church cannot be put on hold indefinitely.

He argued that the ban was a “guideline” and not law.

This is not the only example of how society and strands of Catholicism have become so disconnected. 

A group of academics has shared with the Taoiseach their concerns over a new relationship and sexual education programme scheduled for all Catholic primary schools in September as it contains “negative messages of exclusion” over sexual orientation. 

That those messages run counter to provisions enshrined in our Constitution adds to those concerns. 

They, and the possibility that pandemic rules might be ignored, further marginalise one of the old forces in this society and renew pressing questions around school patronage.

More in this section

IE_180_logo
Price info

Subscribe to unlock unlimited digital access.
Cancel anytime.

Terms and conditions apply

Lunchtime
News Wrap

A lunchtime summary of content highlights on the Irish Examiner website. Delivered at 1pm each day.

Sign up
Revoiced
Newsletter

Our Covid-free newsletter brings together some of the best bits from irishexaminer.com, as chosen by our editor, direct to your inbox every Monday.

Sign up