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03 July 2014

When a new parish priest winds the clock back

I have great sympathy with Mary Geoghegan’s parish predicament (Letters, 28 June). Here, a new parish priest within his first month abolished the parish pastoral council, all services of Word and Holy Communion and the lay-produced parish magazine; he declared that “the present translation of the Mass is very bad” (this was in 2010), announced a daily Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form with plans for a Sunday celebration in Latin as well as the existing Masses and re-established Communion rails. If there was any consultation with parishioners it was obviously with those upon whose support he could rely.As Advent began in 2011, we were startled to discover the free-standing altar removed from the sanctuary to the back of the church and a 12-page booklet announced to the


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