These have been dark times down at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland, and they’ve just gotten that little bit darker.
Having spoken out about the July resignation of Principal Eileen Jackson from St Patrick’s National School over admission policy changes, former archdeacon Edgar Swann has now found himself stripped of his right to officiate at services.
A six-month ban, we’re not going to dig into the dirt on this one yet again, or start revealing who cast the first – or the biggest – stone when it came to the school’s Board of Management shouting for Principal Jackson’s head. You can trek back through all the madness and sadness right here.
Instead, we’re just going to say that any organisation which doesn’t allow one of its flock to speak out against what they believe to be wrong deserves a hard slap around the back of the head. Repeatedly.
Has Archbishop Michael Jackson stopped to think of the high esteem and deep affection Edgar Swann holds in this town? And has anyone within the Church Of Ireland not recognised yet the distinctly unchristian turns they having been taking in recent months? Holding Greystonesparents to ransom over school places has created a climate of fear, and the church is now in very real danger of having many of their followers abandonthem.
It’s enough to make you wonder if there really is a God…
You can get The Irish Times’ take on this latest Church Of Ireland twister here.