Brady: Ecumenism should respect traditions

Well if you were following this marathon debate on how a Presbyterian Minister declined an invitation to attend an ecumenical service, here’s the Catholic follow up. Only this time, its the ecumenist tail wagging the Church, when “Church of Ireland clergyman, the Reverend Michael Graham, concelebrated Mass with Fr Iggy O’Donovan and two other priests at the Augustinian Priory in Drogheda, Co Louth”. Update: it cuts two ways it seems (hat tip to willis below) Archbishop Sean Brady:

I intend to seek further details about the exact circumstances of the concelebration, which is contrary to Catholic Church rule. True ecumenism is best served by initiatives that are respectful of, and sensitive to, the traditions, ethos and discipline of all those involved. Otherwise, there is a real danger of causing widespread confusion, raising false hopes and creating situations that are open to misunderstandings and manipulation.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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