Thursday 30 March 2017

No room at the Church

• Having heard the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin's entreaty to the non-practising members of the Roman Catholic faith, to have the "maturity" to leave the church, I have experienced a range of emotional responses.

I am angry that the church has left me. I am a Catholic by virtue of my birth into a Catholic family and was educated by nuns and then by the Christian Brothers.

I didn't make choices to be baptised, nor to make my communion, nor confirmation. I walked in Corpus Christi processions, collected bluebells for school May altars, sang in the church choir, attended October devotions and brought my pennies for the black babies. I also kept a guarded distance from Protestants, not that I really knew why.

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