Politician dumped as Mass reader over party abortion stance

An Irish political candidate has been told he can’t do readings in his parish anymore because of his party’s stance over abortion law reform.

Social Democrat candidate Ken Curtin was dropped as a reader at Mass in a County Cork parish at the order of the parish administrator Fr John McCarthy.

The aspiring politician then had a meeting with Bishop William Crean of Cloyne, which Mr Curtin described as “fruitful”.

In a statement, the Diocese of Cloyne said a “cordial and fruitful meeting was held between Bishop Crean and Ken Curtin”.

The encounter was described as “pastoral in nature”.

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