Bishop hits out at ‘political’ decision to ban Holy Communion ceremonies – The Irish Catholic

Bishop Tom Deenihan has said he is “troubled” that the Government has intervened to cancel First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies, despite assurance from State officials that places of worship are safe. He also said that parents who are disappointed by the move should make their feelings known to politicians. The Bishop of Meath was reacting after Tánaiste Leo Varadkar claimed that Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan had advised that the reception of the sacraments of initiation should not proceed due to Covid-19 fears. However, Dr Holohan has denied that either he or the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) gave such advice about cancelling the ceremonies. Bishop Deenihan said: “This is a political decision that was made without consultation with Church authorities. “I remain troubled that any Government or Government minister can cancel the celebration of religious worship or the sacraments while, crucially, saying at the same time that what happens within a church is safe. This goes to the heart of freedom of worship,” he said in a statement this afternoon (Thursday). Bishop Deenihan pointed out that: “The decision was, according to the Tánaiste, based on the recommendation of NPHET. However, today’s newspapers report that Dr Tony Holohan informed members of Dáil Éireann yesterday that he never requested that Confirmations and First Holy Communions be postponed. “That has added to the sense of confusion and anger amongst callers to the diocesan office,” the bishop said.

Bishop hits out at ‘political’ decision to ban Holy Communion ceremonies – The Irish Catholic

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