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Padraig Flynn: Archdiocese silent on claims mass goers angry with his ‘hypocritical’ readings

Published 04/11/2013 | 11:32

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THE Archdiocese of Tuam has refused to comment on reports that mass-goers are angry with disgraced former politician Padraig Flynn’s ‘hypocritical’ readings.

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Parishioners have reportedly complained to the diocese after the controversial former Fianna Fail minister spoke from the pulpit at Castlebar’s Church of the Holy Rosary in Mayo

Mr Flynn read two biblical readings during a Sunday morning mass - one documenting the evils of money.

Tuam Archdiocese said they would be “very reluctant to comment publicly on such a matter”.

“We would see this as a personal matter and we wouldn’t comment on any complaints about people’s faith,” the archdiocese’s secretary Fintan Monahan told independent.ie.

Last year, Mr Flynn was found by the Mahon Tribunal to have received £50,000 corrupt payments in cash from developer Tom Gilmartin. The cash was used to buy Mr Flynn’s wife a farm.

He was never reprimanded in court.

Mass-goers in Castlebar have since said they are disgusted at listening to the 74-year-old read from the altar during Sunday morning mass.

“We’re not aware of any complaints of this nature elsewhere before, but people will always talk,” the archdioscese said this morning.

During the mass, Mr Flynn took to the pulpit to read the second letter of St Paul to Timothy which reads: “I have fought the good fight.”

He also read from the books of Sirach which contains references to the powers and evils of money.

Fr Sean Cunningham told the Irish Daily Mail that Mr Flynn continues to be welcome to take part in readings.

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