(Extract from homily of Iggy O Donovan, Fethard, Easter Sunday.)
All will have noted the recent controversies on the pandemic lockdown and the fact that churches are closed again this Easter. Personally, I regret that this is so but I fully understand the reasons why the public authorities have to act in the way they did. Not just in Ireland but globally we face an ordeal of the most grievious kind.
In being confined to conducting religious services on line we church people are making a very small sacrifice indeed. In challenging this some of us are displaying an arrogance and sense of entitlement which is breathtaking. For example I have heard our Taoiseach being compared to Oliver Cromwell and Dr Holohan’s directives described as “Penal Laws”. Such arrant nonsense coming from an insolent minority is an insult to the great majority of believers who are acting in the public good.
Extremists of every ilk frighten people and bring an already discredited church into even greater disrepute. One reverend gentleman, who last week recklessly opened his church for public worship, went on to launch an all out slanderous attack on the Gardaí for having the temerity to enforce the law. For all his piety and posturing he is doing untold damage to the Church. I sympathise greatly with the Gardaí who are being placed in an unenviably difficult position. I know the last thing they wish for is having to enter churches during services, and besides they have better things to be doing in these critical times.