Another week and another outrage has emerged in lockdown Ireland as a Latin Mass ceremony was gatecrashed by members of An Garda Síochána implementing NPHET edicts. In harrowing footage released this afternoon, congregants of the SSPX operated Corpus Christi Church in Athlone can be heard rebuking members of the force for breaking up the socially distanced Mass.

Following the arrival of Gardaí parishioners were forced to give their names and details for fear of arrest. This embarrassing act of policing comes in the wake of the incessant harassment of the faithful in Limerick at the behest of Councillor Elisa O’Donovan.

Not the first time that religious freedom has been impeded, in March Breffni priest Fr PJ Hughes attracted the attention of the long hand of the law for his willingness to stand up to lockdown mania by hosting Mass at his parish church in Cavan. For his troubles Fr Hughes was given a €500 fine, made ironic by the fact that lockdown restrictions regarding religious ceremonies have been relaxed up the road in the six counties.

The Burkean has previously covered efforts by Catholic youth groups to lobby against the ban on Mass which has been in effect since the Christmas period. With additional legal challenges and a more proactive attitude being taken by members of the Hierarchy there does appear to be a more combative approach by the mainstream Church to the fact the Republic remains the only European nation where Mass is prohibited. 

Personally however the time to lodge serious protest against these restrictions was last year rather than now that the technocratic covid police state has grown roots. Similar to the recent referenda on abortion and homosexual marriage, nevermind attempts to extricate the Church from any position in public life, Irish Catholics must awaken to the fact they are living under a hostile regime with animosity towards believers, akin to 20th century Bolsheviks or northern Orangemen. 

Our elites at a domestic and international level know very well that a few elderly parishioners practicing their faith can easily be intimidated by the state security forces, as well as the importance of discontinuing the Christian religion as part of their agenda. In light of this, it is incumbent upon Irish Catholics to reignite the spirit of the Mass rocks and show this imposter state that the right to practice our religion is non-negotiable on the island of St Patrick.

Posted by Ciaran Brennan

17 Comments

  1. Mary Stasia Concannon 25/04/2021 at 8:15 pm

    yes! i’ve been waiting for the spirit of the Mass Rocks to re-emerge. Thank you!

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  2. It’s amazing how they are not raiding mosques. Obviously it’s ok to intimidate and harass indigenous Irish Catholics. There was a party in the park next to me last night, around 200/250 there. Average age 17/18 but there was 13/14 year olds locked out of their heads. Not a Gard to be seen. The unequal policing of this lockdown is very serious, I hope people remember this when next elections take place.

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  3. Yet mosques are not raided and they are open. Very unfair policing of this lockdown.

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    1. Can’t upset the Muslim, can we. Most guards have a desire to see sharia law imposed on Ireland. It’s what you get when thugs are recruited into a police force

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  4. Kansas Freeman 25/04/2021 at 9:31 pm

    Greetings and moral support from across the pond in America!

    Good to still see some life in Erin . . .

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  5. The answer is to actually seek out some of the old mass rocks sites and have the masses there ( well advertised)! ) and dare the authorities to intervene. The spectre of them actually imposing Penal Laws should be enough to wake the Catholic Irish. If it doesn’t then nothing will.

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  6. No garda at the black pits mosque.

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  7. Gerry McDonnell 26/04/2021 at 9:55 am

    Obedience to God comes before obedience to man (Acts 5:29)

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  8. May I ask any Gardaí who might be reading to think about this the next time you’re sitting around the canteen with your mates, acting the old sweat and telling each other how everybody out there except coppers are dirt bags?

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    1. Declan Bree 14/05/2021 at 4:51 pm

      Yes, they strut about town thinking of nothing but power. Most guards are pathetic little shits – it’s usually what happens when you put idiots into uniforms.

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  9. Fine every one of them and hit the priest with an extra fine. Do they think the law only applies to some people and not them. Not a mask to be seen in the video either.

    Cop on!!

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    1. Dáire Ó Finnthigheirn 28/04/2021 at 2:12 pm

      The Law is not just whatever a majority of politicians say that it is or a majority of people wish it to be. Tyranny is not law and this is tyranny. In case that you think people not wearing muzzles is selfish, the contrary is true – demanding that people be forced to wear a muzzle for one’s own sake is selfish.

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  10. […] Meanwhile, in another formerly super-Catholic place, Ireland… from The Burkean: […]

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  11. Mary Stasia Concannon 28/04/2021 at 12:23 am

    The declaration against Transubstantiation was a law, as well. That only applied to a specific part of the population. And there were fines and nice statutory rewards for informants.

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  12. they were told the law. the catholics think they are above the law

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  13. Declan Bree 14/05/2021 at 4:47 pm

    Catholics may think they are above the law; they’re not. Gardai are certainly beneath contempt.

    Ignorant, indolent, incompetent and corrupt: That’s Ireland’s police force.

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  14. Gerry Kelly 15/05/2021 at 4:47 pm

    I am facing a €100- fine for sitting on Dublin’s Boardwalk in March.
    Or to be more precise asking why I could not sit there that day……when i sit there up to 4/5 times per week in normal times.
    There are a couple of ironies here – firstly, the Boardwalk in Dublin city centre is a byword for un-policed anti-social behaviour. It is an open drugs market and public toilet.
    Secondly, i was a guest on Joe Duffy’s Liveline in 2007 – the topic was anti-social behaviour on the Boardwalk.
    Interestingly the Ban Garda who issued to summons seemed very eager to persuade me not to challenge it – or “i could end up seeing the inside of Mountjoy”
    So, i have challenged the summons.
    In many ways i hope i go to court….. and lose……
    The publicity for the Garda should be priceless – Dublin Tour Guide fined for aking why he could not sit on Boardwalk…….

    We are continually told the Garda Siochain police by consent……
    They lost mine 2 months ago…….

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