Take it down from the mast?

Bit of a stink brewing in Wexford after local MEP, Avril Doyle, had a Papal flag and Irish tricolour removed from a local church prior to her daughter’s wedding last month. The Fine Gael politician has defended her decision to seek the removal of the flags, saying, “It was my personal call as I believe there is no place in church for flags of any kind.” The Catholic Church in Ireland, unlike other Christian Churches, does not have a tradition of flying flags in churches. In this case, however, the flags had been in place since local celebrations in 2003 to commemorate the bicentenary of a priest’s (Fr James Dixon) first Mass in Australia.