At the weekend.
Fr Seán Mulligan, parish priest of Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, speaks out (starts @2minutes ) from the pulpit against rona restrictions…
“We are gradually moving towards a totalitarian approach to government where are freedom is slowly being stripped away from us.
Our freedom to travel, to come and go as we please, the freedom to come together as a family with friends in our own home, our freedom to peaceful protest. And even our freedom to practice our faith in public.
So what has happened to Catholic Ireland.
If we look at the preamble to the 1937 Constitution which states as follows:
‘In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred, We, the people of Éire,Humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, Who sustained our fathers through centuries of trial, Gratefully remembering their heroic and unremitting struggle to regain the rightful independence of our Nation, And seeking to promote the common good, with due observance of Prudence, Justice and Charity, so that the dignity and freedom of the individual may be assured, true social order attained, the unity of our country restored, and concord established with other nations,Do hereby adopt, enact, and give to ourselves this Constitution.’
And in Article 44 of that same Constitution
‘The State acknowledges that the homage of public worship is due to Almighty God. It shall hold His Name in reverence, and shall respect and honour religion.’
So what has happened to our country in the intervening 80 plus years?”
And we wish Fr Sean the very best in his new career outside the church, probably abroad.
That’ll learn him.