The Parish Priest of Knock, Fr Richard Gibbons, spoke with Midwest Radio about the confusion and frustration over the Government’s announcement to postpone Baptisms, First Holy Communions and Confirmations.
There is great confusion and some frustration among priests and families since the government announced yesterday that Baptisms are cancelled, and further clarity on the matter is now called for. That’s the view of the Parish Priest of Knock, Fr Richard Gibbons.
On the government’s website yesterday it stated that Confirmations, First Communions and Baptisms are all cancelled due to concerns about the delta variant and its spread.
The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, announced these cancellations in an interview yesterday.
However, it is being reported today that The Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan never gave such advice to government.
Fr Gibbons says there is a logic, in the postponement of Confirmation and First Communions just now, but it’s hard to understand why a child could not be baptised with their immediate family in a church, where 50 people can gather for the celebration of Mass and Weddings.
Link to interview:
Link to Government website, outlining details of changes from 5 July:
|Other religious ceremonies
|It is advised that religious ceremonies such as Baptisms, First Holy Communions and Confirmations should not take place at this time. Further advice will follow on resumption of these ceremonies when it is safe to do so