Protests force Church group to move
We Are Church Ireland revealed that their mid-February meeting promoting the full participation of women in the Catholic Church, to be addressed by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan has been moved to a Dublin hotel after the Mercy sisters withdrew their offer of a venue.
The decision follows emails and phone calls received by the sisters from people making objections to the minister’s prominent role in liberalising abortion laws in Ireland.
The meeting was to be the latest in a two-year-long series of monthly gatherings hosted by We Are Church at the Mercy International Centre on Dublin’s Baggot Street.
Miriam Gormally met with Colm Holmes organiser of this event and spokesperson for We Are Church. He said that Sister Mary Reynolds, Chief executive of Mercy International Association was reluctant to withdraw the room and would like to continue to work with We Are Church. In particular they were fully supportive of raising the issue of women’s full involvement, believing that the role of women in the church is a topic that has long been neglected.
Noting that most objections have been courteous, Sr Mary laments that some comment has been vitriolic and that at least one of her staff has been intimidated by a caller.
Colm Holmes explains more, adding that the most important thing is to continue dialogue.