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Seven reports reviewing child protection practices in a number of Ireland’s Catholic dioceses and religious orders have been published.
RTÉ – Today with Pat Kenny
The current affairs magazine show with Pat Kenny from RTÉ Radio 1
Bishop William Morris was bishop when the Magnificat Meal Movement was established. Debra presented herself as a charismatic Christian, but it became clear quite early on she wanted to do her own thing without reference to being financially accountable. Her move to Helidon was a way to avoid having to submit her movement and its finances to legitimate authority. She moved from a radical Protestant position to nearly joining the Seventh Day Adventists. Then when her Marian Co – Redemptrice position was rejected she moved her people to a rejection of the New Order of the Mass. She substituted this mass with the Melkite and Maronite Rites. When this did not work out she then only allowed her members to participate in the Tridentine Rite. Interesting her earlier phase was closer to the bishop’s then views which included, The needs of the people and the sheer distances involved caused Morris to defend general absolution, and to wonder in writing if the church should not at least talk about women as priests, and even about recognizing clergy from other Christian denominations. (more…)
The key point here is that the issue, in terms of being a problem, is not beliefs – it is when a group develops a level of undue influence that causes a person harm (whether financial, societal, mental or otherwise). Bringing theology into this doesn’t address this dynamic. (more…)