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Bishop dismayed by ‘persecution’ of Church in Ireland

16/Jun/2017

By Sarah Mac Donald -
“People from abroad are often astonished at the level of antipathy to the Church displayed in our country.”

Bishop Leo O’Reilly. Courtesy: AngloCelt.ie

Hostility to the Church in Ireland is now so ingrained in Irish culture it is contributing to the decline in vocations, Bishop Leo O’Reilly has warned.

In a strongly worded homily at a ceremony to honour the relics of St Oliver Plunkett, the Bishop of Kilmore likened the antagonism to the church to persecution and said, “people from abroad are often astonished at the level of antipathy to the Church displayed in our country”.

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