Catholics of Ireland are all responsible for the House of Prayer

It has been possibly missed that this statement was made by Archbishop Neary as a representative of the Irish Episcopal Conference. In other words it is addressed to all the bishops throughout Ireland. It is obviously an appeal for each Bishop to first understand that no clergy from their Diocese should in any way give succour to this unrecognised and therefore private initiative. It means that ordinary Catholics should be in no doubt that the House of Prayer is not a recognised Catholic entity. He goes on to spell it out…..
Finally, I wish to remind all Church members that they should not hesitate to enquire, as a matter of course, at local diocesan offices regarding the standing of any work describing itself as Catholic, should they be in doubt.
So House of Prayer member next time you get on a bus to go to Achill from Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Newcastle, Co.Down, Tipperary, Clare or Donegal take the time to phone the offices of your own bishop and ask the the question is the House of Prayer recognised? Also next time you stop for communion in Knock or Longford ask yourself why are you doing this? Have you no homes to go to? Why do you need to go to Achill on a bus with a renegade priest who is in breach with his Catholic duties and commitments deserting his flock and also undermining the Catholic Faith by his presence with a private non recognised entity? No communion means no union!
The failure of Cardinal Brady and the claim last month by the Papal Nuncio that people should go to the Gardai shows scant understanding of the responsibility of the Irish Church’s need to respond to this crisis. How? By having witnesses come to brief the bishops directly at a their meeting in Maynooth. Armagh discipline Fr McGinnity, and Tuam send the writings of Christina to the CDF and as Christina Gallagher has refused to cooperate with her bishop first condemn her and move to have her excommunicated from the Church. These two respective bishops must deal with the issues under their briefs, but because of the scandal of inactivity for over 20 years, it is also important that the Irish Episcopal Conference clearly inform their priests and members that they should desist from going near this House of Prey.We have heard that since Cardinal Brady retired his successor Eamon Martin has already met with some of those affected. This is a major advance but we await to see where his enquiries will take this story.
We saw what happened this week in regard to vulnerable people in Co Mayo. We have been bringing to the Catholic Church’s attention the issue of vulnerable Catholics who are the victims of material scams and spiritual abuse in their name.
We also call for priests and ordinary Catholics to move this story from this back water blog to the point where they speak out and the issue makes traction. This is not a left or right wing issue. I have never come across a bird that flew with one wing. But Irish Catholics have been asleep at the wheel while this abuse continues………
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News archive 2008

Statement by Archbishop Michael Neary, Archdiocese of Tuam, regarding the ‘House of Prayer’

PRESS RELEASE
29 February 2008

http://www.catholicbishops.ie/2008/02/29/statement-archbishop-michael-neary-archdiocese-tuam-house-prayer/

Statement by Archbishop Michael Neary, Archdiocese of Tuam, regarding the ‘House of Prayer’

The Tuam Diocesan Office has recently received a considerable number of media enquiries regarding this matter. In 1996 I established a diocesan commission of enquiry to investigate certain claims regarding and emanating from this work. In 1997, acting on foot of a report from the commission, I issued a lengthy public statement to the effect, in essence, that no evidence of supernatural phenomena had been observed but that the persons involved gave every evidence of good faith. Arising from that, I proposed a basic canonical structure that would gradually integrate the work of the House into the life of Achill Parish and the Archdiocese. While this was then attempted by the Archdiocese, I became increasingly perturbed by an apparent absence of enthusiasm on the parts of Mrs Gallagher and her associates. The relationship deteriorated to the extent that Mrs Gallagher, in July 1998, closed the ‘House of Prayer’ at Achill, expressing to the media at the time a sense of having been harshly treated by the Archdiocese. In order to clarify the issue for the faithful I issued another statement, regretting the development and expressing grave misgivings as to the wisdom with which Mrs Gallagher had been advised and had acted in the matter.

Diocesan efforts to integrate this work ended in July, 1998 when it was closed by Mrs Gallagher. Celebration of the Sacraments and reservation of the Blessed Sacrament at the ‘House of Prayer’ are not permitted. Any work carried on since then has been entirely of a private nature and has no Church approval whatever. Neither, for reasons given above, does such work enjoy the confidence of the Diocesan authorities. Nothing has been brought to my attention to indicate that I should change from this position in the future. Over the years since then, the Tuam Diocesan Office has clearly and consistently replied to enquiries in respect of this work, which Mrs Gallagher recommenced.I respect the faith and devotion of many people who have been impressed by this work in the past, some of whom have expressed their sadness at my stance. Finally, I wish to remind all Church members that they should not hesitate to enquire, as a matter of course, at local diocesan offices regarding the standing of any work describing itself as Catholic, should they be in doubt.

In summary the ‘House of Prayer’ has no Church approval and the work does not enjoy the confidence of the diocesan authorities.

Copies of my public statements are available on http://www.tuamarchdiocese.org/news

+ Michael Neary
Archbishop of Tuam

 

Further information:
Martin Long, Director of Communications (086 172 7678)

5 Responses

  1. CG school report :
    Can’t read or write, could do better. Prone to telling fibs in class.
    Big ones.

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  2. In other words, ‘Jesus’, didn’t know an asteroid was barely going to miss crashing into Earth, or he just didn’t bother saying he knew, but, decided, instead to told us a comet was on the way.

    Obviously, dubiously and odiously, after reading about it from an actual reliable source, first, he told us.
    And no mention of a meteor exploding over Russia.

    Christina, you’ll have to up your fear mongering game.
    (CG school report : Can’t read or write, could do better.)

    Isn’t education and knowledge a fright?

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  3. Published on Feb 18, 2013
    Learn the difference between an asteroid, comet and meteor.

    Our dear planet Earth is the hotbed of cosmic activity this year. Let’s recap some recent news – a meteor explodes over Russia, an asteroid barely missed crashing into Earth, and later this year, we will see a comet in the skies that will shine brighter than full Moon.

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  4. ‘It is referred to again by Jesus on the 26th of January 2013 when He warns, “Another danger is from a comet on its way to your world and this imposes an even greater danger because of the great quantity of nuclear weapons.” ‘
    http://www.christinagallagher.org/en/christina-gallagher-prophecy2.htm

    Yawn…

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  5. This press release is on the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference website. This press release was released by the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference. ‘Diocesan efforts to integrate this work ended in July, 1998 when it was closed by Mrs Gallagher. Celebration of the Sacraments and reservation of the Blessed Sacrament at the ‘House of Prayer’ are not permitted. Any work carried on since then has been entirely of a private nature and has no Church approval whatever. Neither, for reasons given above, does such work enjoy the confidence of the Diocesan authorities. Nothing has been brought to my attention to indicate that I should change from this position in the future.’
    Cardinal Brady was the head of the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference at the time that the statement was released.
    He didn’t even take notice of this statement when assessing Fr McGinnity’s involvement with the house of prayer and Christina Gallagher.

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