The New Gasparian
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A journal dedicated to the life and mission of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, and to a life lived in response to the call and the cry of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our on-going mission is to share good news of hope and communion.

Monday, August 18, 2003
It was great day, our last full day in Ireland. We toured the Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patricks. These were both Catholic Churches before they were "reformed." The Anglican Church was the established Church here for hundreds of years, and even though the country was overwhelmingly Catholic all were taxed to support these "established" Churches. These Churches began to suffer from lack of funds after the Catholic Emancipation act was passed. Obviously they need to do something to raise funds.

Well, if you walk into the Anglican Cathedral in Dublin, both the Diocesan Cathedral and the National Cathedral, you have to pay an admission fee. You walk into a gift shop that covers the back third of the "worship" space. There are tours given and it is very obviously a museum. St. Patrick's had this little sign by one of the chapels. It said that this space was reserved for private prayer and meditation. It must have been a joke. It was right next to the front door and the cash register was only just outside the door of this chapel. It was very noisy with busloads of people coming in.

If you walk into the Catholic Pro-Cathedral in Dublin, it is very obviously a place of prayer. There is silence, and Perpetual Adoration.

We visited the Guiness factory today too and it wasn't a whole lot different from the anglican Cathedrals. They had a noisy gift shop there, too.

Ok, my sister is bugging me to go to dinner, so will sign off. Tomorrow we fly to Chicago. There we get to rest up from our vacation.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 2:11 PM link
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