Priests face Vatican dismissal following ecumenical Mass

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(Ireland, Sunday Business Post) Three Augustinian priests who concelebrated Mass with a Church of Ireland clergyman on Easter Sunday could be dismissed from the priesthood by the Vatican.

Fr Iggy O’Donovan, Fr Noel Hession and Fr Richard Goode, prior of St Augustine’s in Drogheda, invited Rev Michael Graham, the rector of St Peter’s, Drogheda, to join them for the Mass.

The Catholic Church does not recognise the validity of Anglican orders and regards the Church of Ireland as an ‘‘ecclesial community’’ which is not a Church ‘‘in the proper sense’’.

Fr Paul Clayton-Lea, a spokesman for the archdiocese of Armagh, in which the Mass took place, said: ‘‘Inquiries are being carried out at the moment by Archbishop Sean Brady.(Full Article)

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