Monday 5 December 2016

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Published 14/06/2015 | 02:30

Why is First Communion such an elaborate spectacle nowadays?
Why is First Communion such an elaborate spectacle nowadays?

Public statements by the Catholic clergy are no more my business than they are Gene Kerrigan's. And I usually find myself competing with him for levels of criticism of the church.

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However, I must defend one particular priest - namely the one in Ennistymon who apparently criticised a Traveller's communion dress. It is unfortunate that his criticism was taken to be 'anti-Traveller' - it could be a valid criticism, irrespective of whom he was addressing.

Also, given how negligible, by historic standards, attendance at Mass in Ireland currently is, why is First Communion such an elaborate spectacle nowadays? The short answer is that, despite everything, Communion in Ireland is not a religious event.

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