A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Dublin has refused to comment on claims that a priest was removed from his south Dublin parish after telling parishioners who voted for abortion that they should repent. Several users on social media platforms like Facebook have made the claim in relation to Clonskeagh-based Fr James Larkin. When contacted by The Irish Catholic this week Fr Larkin replied “no comment” when asked about the online claims.
The spokeswoman for the archdiocese was similarly tight-lipped and told this newspaper that she “couldn’t possibly comment on any one person”. However, she also pointed out that Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is in the process of the annual changes in diocesan clerical appointments and therefore a lot of priests are being transferred between different roles.
A number of online posts claim that Fr Larkin’s transfer to ministry at a convent in Rathfarnham occurred after he had said those who voted ‘Yes’ in the May 25 referendum ought to go to Confession before presenting themselves for Holy Communion. It is a sentiment echoed by a number of bishops following the outcome of the referendum.
Clergy reassignments usually take place in Dublin as well as the country’s 25 other dioceses over summer months.