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Minister shouldn't be so swift with judgment

Published 12/08/2016

The Rev John Gray, of the Free Presbyterian Church (Write Back, August 3), is critical of the appointment of Fr Edward O'Donnell as an ecumenical canon of St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

The Statutes of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland state that the Dean and Chapter of St Anne's Cathedral, having consulted with the Bishop of Down and Dromore and the Bishop of Connor, may appoint up to three ecumenical canons.

A cathedral's ecumenical canon may say, or sing, morning or evening prayer or the Litany, read Holy Scripture, deliver an address and assist at occasional services. A former Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Dr Jonathan Swift, famously said: "We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another."


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