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Poll: Should Orange Order lift ban on members entering Catholic churches?

Scotland's Order has lifted the ban ....

Scottish members will be allowed to attend weddings and funerals
Scottish members will be allowed to attend weddings and funerals

The Scottish branch of the Orange Order has voted to allow its members to attend services in Catholic Churches.

The move will see members allowed to attend weddings, funerals and other services which has proved controversial in the past.

It was ratified by the group at a Grand Lodge Meeting last month and has been communicated to the membership of the group.

After being contacted by the Belfast Telegraph the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland said it had "no comment" to make on the issue.

“This is a matter for the Grand Lodge of Scotland," a spokesperson said.

The rules of the Orange Order state that members "“should not countenance (by your presence or otherwise) any act or ceremony of Popish worship."

Orange Order member Simon Hamilton attended the funeral of former deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the Long Tower Chapel in Londonderry in 2017. He faced no sanction for his attendance.

Mr Hamilton accompanied DUP leader Arlene Foster to the funeral, Mrs Foster led an Orange Order parade in Fife last June.

In 2011 then UUP leader Tom Elliot and MLA Danny Kennedy, both Orangemen, underwent disciplinary proceedings for attending the funeral of murdered PSNI officer Ronan Kerr. 

Should the Orange Order in Ireland follow Scotland's example and lift ban on members entering Catholic churches?

Posted by Belfast Telegraph on Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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