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Ireland: call to boycott Mass has little impact

September 27, 2010

Despite heavy media coverage, a call for Irish Catholic women to boycott Mass on September 26 had little noticeable effect.

A lay woman, Jennifer Sleeman, had captured the attention of the mass media with her proposed boycott, which was intended to dramatize the dissatisfaction of women with the Church. But reports from around the country indicated that there was no discernible change in the number of Catholics attending Mass on Sunday.

The Catholic bishops had issued a statement last week reminding Catholics of their obligation to attend Sunday Mass.


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  • Posted by: niall - Sep. 28, 2010 6:28 AM ET USA

    I didn't notice less people at the 2 Masses I was at (2 different churches).In fact,some churches reported an increase in attendance!It was sad to see in the article that 2 religious sisters attended a "Eucharist" celebrated by a female "priest"- it doesn't say what order they're from,but I would be willing to bet that they're from an order(s) which is just fading away in Ireland- and it's not surprising, when orders are harbouring these dissenters, that faithful women aren't attracted to them.