THE Catholic hierarchy has ordered an inquiry into how a Protestant clergyman was allowed to say Mass in an Augustinian church.
The unprecedented ecumenical service took place on Easter Sunday.
Church of Ireland clergyman, the Reverend Michael Graham, concelebrated Mass with Fr Iggy O’Donovan and two other priests at the Augustinian Priory in Drogheda, Co Louth.
…The concelebration has provoked an angry response from the Catholic hierarchy. Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Sean Brady, has ordered an inquiry into the service, which he said was not in the interests of "true ecumenism".
"I intend to seek further details about the exact circumstances of the concelebration, which is contrary to Catholic Church rules," Dr Brady said.
"True ecumenism is best served by initiatives that are respectful of, and sensitive to, the traditions, ethos and discipline of all those involved.
True ecumenism also tells the truth. I would be great to say that we are one and God willing one day all of these schisms will be healed. Acting out unity where it does not yet exist is a pure sham and using the Holy Mass to put forth a lie does nothing for the cause of true ecumenism.