The Pope's envoy to Ireland yesterday set out his vision for the future of the Catholic Church by stating that its teachings needed to be followed faithfully.
In a homily on the final day of the Knock novena, Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown said the church needed to be “authentically Catholic” if it was to have a future. The comments came just months after a clampdown by the Vatican on priests who have articulated so-called liberal views.
Archbishop Brown's homily, which received a round of applause from pilgrims, made just a passing reference to the scandals that have rocked the church here.
Instead he opted to focus on ways to re-invigorate it.
A member of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) last night questioned what he meant by “authentically”.
Father Sean McDonagh asked: “Is it 1920s or 1950s authentically Catholic, or is it 1960s (the liberal era of the Second Vatican Council)?”