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From: – Tue Jun 24 19:26:18 2014
From: Dialogue Ireland firstname.lastname@example.org
To: Cardinal Sean Brady email@example.com
Subject: Proposal to meet before your retirement
Dear Cardinal Brady,
I am writing to you as you come near the end of your time of service to request a meeting to discuss issues related to the House of Prayer.
I have been assisting the victims and the families of this unrecognised group for over ten years.
I visited your predecessor, Tomas O’Fiach in Ara Coeli in 1978. He was the President of Maynooth when I was a the first Mennonite student to study there between 1973 – 6.
I also met Fr Gerard McGinnity there when he was the junior dean.
I am offering to come with no set agenda and for you to receive me so you can hear at first hand the abuse and results this heretical, unrecognised sect is having throughout the country.
I am coming with nothing other than concern for these people who I have learnt to know over the years.
I look forward to hearing back from you
MIKE GARDE MA
1 August 2014
Mr Mike GARDE, MA
Dialogue Ireland Trust
7/8 Lower Abbey Street
Dear Mr Garde
I write in response to your email and request for a meeting to discuss issues related to the House of Prayer. I appreciate the sentiment of concern which inspires your request and I presume the House of Prayer referred to is that in Achill, Co Mayo in the Archdiocese of Tuam.
You refer to the House of Prayer as heretical. In our tradition, such a pronouncement would normally come from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome. I am not aware of any such pronouncement being made.
I presume that you may wish to discuss, with me, the involvement of Father Gerard McGinnity with the House of Prayer, due to his being Spiritual Director to Christine Gallagher. I have discussed this matter with Father McGinnity often. He assures me that he is not involved in fundraising for the House of Prayer and his activity is confined to spiritually directing Christine.
He also assures me that he is convinced that he, and his family, received so many graces through her prayers that he could not refuse her request. I don’t have the power to see into his soul and contradict him.
What I do know is that when I visit Father McGinnity’s parish, I find a congregation there that is among the most attentive, prayerful and devout in this diocese and l am reminded of the words: “By their fruits you shall know them” I sometimes get complaints from the families of people who go to Achill who resent the fact that their relatives donate to the House of Prayer. I have raised such concerns with Father McGinnity.
I am not in possession of evidence that Father McGinnity is breaking the law – either civil or canonical. We do live in a country where citizens enjoy the right to freedom of movement and in a Church where there are many different ministries.
Since you already know Father Gerard McGinnity, perhaps you should seek to meet him. However, if you still wish to meet me, please get in contact.
With every good wish
+ Sean Brady
Cardinal Archbishop of Armagh
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