Easter Sunday Mass at Dublin’s Pro Cathedral was briefly interrupted as protesters placed children’s shoes on the altar to represent the victims of clerical sex abuse.
About five people walked to the steps of the altar where one man shouted “shame” at Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who was celebrating the packed Mass.
Other protesters who mingled outside the city centre cathedral claimed they also tried to leave shoes but were prevented by gardaí.
Rachael Moran, from Dublin, said she was disgusted that so many people had attended the Mass in the wake of the abuse revelations.
“We’re just a collection of Irish people who’ve had enough,” she said.
“I am beyond disgusted that there are hundreds and hundreds of people in that church, it just really goes to show how warped the Irish mindset is.”
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It doesn’t say exactly what point of the Mass was disrupted. I certainly hope that it wasn’t around the central point of the Mass - the consecration.
On the one hand, I understand the anger of these protesters; on the other, I feel that it’s totally unacceptable that anyone should deliberately disrupt a service of any religious denomination… Unfortunately, with the situation the way it is in Ireland at the moment, it seems that protesters such as these are untouchable.
A similar protest occurred a number of weeks ago, but some of the protesters later apologised…it is rather ironic though, that, while the Pro Cathedral is one of the “main” churches in the country, it is the seat of the one bishop (Diarmuid Martin) who is regarded by most people (including survivors’ groups) as being truly committed to dealing with the issue of abuse.