Mass goers in rural Co Cavan last Sunday, were stunned when their parish priest tried to introduce morality into a sermon. Most of the 25-strong congregation left early in disgust at this radical new direction for the Catholic church.
“People round here love a good old fashioned sermon,” one man said, “’tis a great escape from everyday life?”
“Stories about the five hundred lads sharing a loaf a bread is great fun like,” another man said, “or the time Jesus helped an old woman give up the fags? My own favourite is the one about him beating the lard outta the fellas that owed him money? But them fancy, Dublin-style sermons don’t go down too well around here!”
“What he done in there was pure wrong,” a woman who didn’t want to be named whispered, as she blessed herself. “What has all that got ta do with being a Christian? Doesn’t the bible say ‘Judge not or you’ll never hear the end of it’?”