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Ireland's papal nuncio calls for the adoption of ‘authentic’ Catholicism

By Caroline Crawford and Colm Kelpie

Published 23/08/2012

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)?”

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