Belfast Telegraph

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

By Caroline Crawford and Colm Kelpie

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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