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Ireland 'Selfish' parishioners in Sligo diocese criticised by Bishop for 'putting pressure' on priests over masses

21:55  29 march  2020
21:55  29 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Some parishioners in a Co Sligo diocese have been branded "selfish" for putting pressure on priests to say private masses. Bishop Kevin Doran issued a statement to those in the Diocese of Elphin in Sligo asking people to abide by government guidelines.

The Bishop said a minority of people are asking priests to break the lockdown and say mass to small groups and administer communion. However, the bishop stressed that the catholic church will not be breaking the rules and people should stop pressuring local priests.

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Bishop Kevin Doran said: "The Diocese of Elphin has committed fully to observing the restrictions imposed by the present pandemic. "I know most parishioners respect and support this. Unfortunately, a very small minority are putting pressure on some of our priests to celebrate private Masses for them.

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"This is selfish and it contradicts the very meaning of communion. The restrictions are for YOUR safety. Mass is being celebrated for you every day in all the Churches of the Diocese." A few days earlier the Bishop praised the people of the diocese for the large numbers tuning into the online masses.

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The Bishop said in a statement on their official website: "Mass continues to be celebrated on a daily basis in your parish but without a congregation. 

"I am heartened by the numbers of people tuning in online and via parish radio to pray with their priest and I am equally heartened by the innovative ways with which our priests are reaching out online to ensure you can join them in praying the Mass."

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Since mid-March only funerals have been allowed to proceed in churches as to follow social distancing guides. However most parishes are broadcasting live masses at normal times via webcams, with RTE also showing daily masses on their channels.

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