I had an interesting experience last week, to my surprise and the surprise and awe of all my colleagues two young cassock wearing priests, one wearing a biretta came into work to visit someone there. I found out later, from speaking to the lady's brother that they are part of a "breakaway sect" of the Church. I asked him if they were SSPX or from the Palmarians but he was quite clear that the men were not from those groups. I am wondering which group they could be from, based here in Dublin perhaps, if not Ireland? I say Dublin because that is where the lady lives.
My colleagues in general were all in a flutter. My younger colleague who belongs to God only know what Christian group now but informed me that she is no longer Catholic had a great reaction when she spotted them walking by. She grasped the kitchen counter behind her, shoved me, blessed herself and said "they're real priests aren't they? really proper priests?". The irony on the irony of that statement made me sad. I must relate that 20 year old girl's reaction when a priest tells me wearing his collar signifies nothing in the world...
So any ideas about who these priests were, gentlemen?
Post by Alaisdir Ua Séaghdha on Jan 23, 2013 8:57:55 GMT
If it was the Institute, there might be blue on their cassocks and they also have the Institute seal on their sashes. Also, the patient would be likely to have a connection with Limerick - anyone Dublin based would have the St Kevin's priests.
The SSPX and CMRI tend to have a following which is country-wide.
Well one of them was quite tall, olive skinned and had exotropia. I only had a 5 second glance as they walked by so I couldn't really see sashes or seals. She has been involved with them for decades so they would have to be established here. Does the distinctive description ring any bells?
That's odd, because the SSPX and the Palmarians are the only schismatic trad groups I can think of which have been established in Ireland for decades (since the 1970s). I think the Palmarians have a Spanish priest in Clontarf, but I don't know if there are any others; the SSPX have four priests in Ireland. If she was mistaken in thinking they were a breakaway group, perhaps they might be Legionaries of Christ? They are very traditional in appearance, have been in Dublin since the 1960s (they have a house in Leopardstown and ran a novitiate there until recently), and are Mexican in origin so they might have members who are Latin in appearance.
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