Suport for Minister Madigan
Minister Josepha Madigan stepped up to assist a church service in Mount Merrion last Saturday, 23rd of June, when a priest failed to show up. Afterwards she said the Church should ordain women and allow priests to marry. Her actions caused a great stir amongst some including Archbishop Diarmuid Martin who said it was “deeply disrespectful” to her parishioners.
Soline Humbert who has in the past talked about her own vocation pointed out that in many parishes outside of Dublin or Ireland, it is quite common for a member of the laity to assist a church service in the absence of a priest and that it wouldn’t be consider remarkable at all. She also echoes Minister Madigan’s belief that the church does need to ordain women and says that while it might be a “nightmare” for some in the church, it is one that won’t go away. She explained more to Miriam Gormally.