As is my habit, I stopped in a local store on the way home this evening to pick up a few essentials – milk, a bottle of orange juice to slake the thirst from the Summer heat, you know the drill.
As I queued to pay at the checkout, I read the signs on the wall to pass the time. Special offers. A couple of announcements from the local GAA team. And a legal notice.
It’s not a great image (my phone camera is pretty old) but the image to the right declares that the retailer guarantees it is is ‘compliant with canon law and all statutory regulations as defined in the Charities Act 2009 section 99′.
In case you’re wondering, there’s a section of the Charities Act which promises to protect Irish priests against competition from foreign clergymen selling Mass cards.
Mass cards are big business. But the holy men aren’t immune to the vagaries of the marketplace, and found themselves undercut until the government stepped in.
A few weeks ago, the Ryan report criticised the ‘deferential and submissive attitude’ of the department of education in dealing with the Catholic church.
They haven’t gone away. you know.