A PRIEST is standing by remarks to parishioners that they shouldn't receive Holy Communion unless they are regular Massgoers.
Fr Ireneusz Kuzmicki stunned congregations in Ballyrush, Ballinafad and Corrigeenroe over Christmas when he said that only those who attend Mass regularly should receive Holy Communion.
Forty-eight-year-old Polish native Fr Kuzmicki made the comments at Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Speaking to The Sligo Champion, Fr Kuzmicki said: "What I said is what the Church teaches. It says in the teachings of the Catholic Church that if we deliberately omit Sunday Masses or days of obligation then we shouldn't receive."
Fr Kuzmicki said that he felt he shouldn't have to apologise for his comments. He said: "No, I shouldn't apologise. This is what the Church teaches. It is not what I am teaching. I stand by what the Church teaches – I think that it is for the good of everyone. It's better for people to go to confession first and then receive in a state of grace."
Fr Kuzmicki was born in 1966 in Bartoszyce and was ordained a priest in 1992. He worked in the Philippines in the early 2000s.