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Two Nuns Broke Covid Rules To Attend 'Exorcism' Of Irish Parliament House

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Two Nuns Broke Covid Rules To Attend 'Exorcism' Of Irish Parliament House

A pair of nuns in Ireland broke Covid-19 lockdown rules in order to attend an exorcism on the Dáil, the lower house of the Irish Parliament.

Mother Irene Gibson, who is from the Carmelite Sisters of the Holy Face in West Cork, and her colleague Sr. Anne Marie, travelled to Dublin on 8 December at a time when inter-county travel was banned in order to attend the exorcism and a subsequent mass.

At the time of their offence, gatherings of people outdoors were limited to 15 people, but there were around 70 people present at this event.

The mass was taken by Fr. Giacomo Ballini, who told those in attendance that 'no human power can take away the right to say Mass.'

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Father Ballini is a member of a controversial order called the Spirit of St Pius' Resistance, which is itself a splinter group of the Society of St Pius X, formed out of one bishop's argument with the Vatican over reforms in 1970.

The Dáil is based at Leinster House in Dublin. Credit: PA
The Dáil is based at Leinster House in Dublin. Credit: PA

According to those within the Catholic Church, Fr. Ballini's order is not 'in communion' with the wider church, and he's been operating out of a farmhouse in County Cork.

Mother Gibson and Sr. Anne Marie have also been working out of West Cork, where they were convicted for breaches of the planning act and ordered to leave their compound in relation to two unauthorised structures.

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They've since started up an online fundraiser and have taken in more than €77,000 (£66,500) which they say will go towards a new compound.

On their page, Mother Gibson wrote: "We have good news to share with you all! Your outstanding charity toward our needs has finally made it possible for us to purchase some property.

"How has this been possible when the children of darkness have done their utmost to try and crush us?"

The nuns have raised thousands for a new compound after being forced to leave theirs. Credit: GoFundMe
The nuns have raised thousands for a new compound after being forced to leave theirs. Credit: GoFundMe
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She has also hit out at the West Cork press for 'spreading lies' about their fundraising campaign, claiming they've tried to stop people from donating to the cause.

She added: "By spreading lies on local West Cork newspapers, on social media, and filing complaints about our fundraising campaign to local authorities, they have tried to prevent you, our benefactors, from helping us achieve our goal.

"Yet as Holy Scripture tells us, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. Cf. John 1:5. No matter how deep the darkness, it is never able to extinguish a light."

Featured Image Credit: GoFundMe

Topics: Ireland, religion, Coronavirus, COVID-19-Negative, Weird

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