A priest who said that he will not be following what he called an “off the cuff” statement by an Tánaiste Leo Varadkar on cancelling Communions and Confirmations due to Covid-19 has received widespread support on social media.
Fr Michael Toomey tweeted Mr Varadkar to say he was “planning to celebrate the two Confirmations in my parish planned and will continue to celebrate the Baptism with families, if they wish me to do so and until such time as my Bishop advises otherwise.”
Fr Toomey is administrator of the parishes of Ardfinnan, Ballybacon and Grange, and Newcastle/Fourmilewater in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, and a regular celebrant of the RTÉ weekday Mass on RTÉ News.
He was responding to Mr Varadkar’s reply to a question at a press conference regarding Communions and Confirmations this summer – to which an Tánaiste replied: “They’re off, unfortunately.”
Fr Toomey said: “We in the Church and indeed all places of worship, have done everything asked for, and more”.
His tweet was shared hundreds of times and brought mostly supportive responses from the faithful and from those who said they had no religion but admired his stance.
Well said! We baptised our second son last Saturday after booking 5 dates and had a lovely ceremony. Common sense must prevail.
— Laura Bourke (@LauraBourkeRec) June 30, 2021
100% with you on this and I'm an atheist
— Tony Stack (@TonyStack1) June 30, 2021