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Archbishop of Dublin gives go-ahead for communions and confirmations despite public health advice

The Archbishop of Dublin has written to priests advising them to proceed with first holy communions and confirmations.

This advice is in contrast to the public health advice, which says such events should not proceed.

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Archbishop Dermot Farrell said the current restrictions which are in place are discriminatory and said these restrictions are not being placed on other activities, such as sporting events.

“It is a matter of profound regret that there has been no engagement with Church representatives regarding revision of public health guidelines,” the letter from the Archbishop read.

“Understandably, many have been concerned and disappointed that current guidelines restrict celebration of the sacraments on the apparent grounds that they may lead to family gatherings, which may breach public health guidelines on households mixing.”

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“This is perplexing, as no such prohibitions are applied to other events, such as sporting or civic events, or other family occasions, such as the celebration of birthdays and anniversaries, or indeed to weddings or funerals,” the letter continued.

“Many have concluded that, in the absence of appropriate justification, these guidelines are discriminatory.”

However, he added that where parishes want to hold communions and confirmations, it is important that public health guidance is followed.

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