Tuesday 12 December 2017

Religious divide over first holy pomp and ceremony

Catholicism is more of a cultural tradition than a firmly held doctrinal belief for many parents, writes Carol Hunt

Dear Lord, who'd be an archbishop these days? It's a tough job in the current climate. But someone's got to do it, and last week our own Diarmuid Martin attempted to bring some sense of dignity, reverence and ahem, spirituality back to the much battered Irish church.

Last Tuesday, he announ-ced new church guidelines for the faithful under the heading: First Communion and First Reconciliation.

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