The editor of the Irish Catholic newspaper, Michael Kelly, has personally apologised to me for the false claim made by the newspaper which said my weddings were not legal in the Republic of Ireland.
He telephoned me yesterday from Rome to say that they got it completely wrong. He apologised and has said he will publish a full apology and correction in the papers next edition.
The offending article had claimed that I was not on the Register of Solemnisers – which is not true.
I celebrated my first Irish wedding as a deacon in 1975 – so my weddings in Ireland have been legal for 44 years.
Mr. Kelly said the young journalist got it wrong and that he is “gutted”.
Im glad the newspaper has apologised and promised a clarification.
Its very important that the couples I’ve married know that their marriages are totally authentic in the eyes of the state.
I never tell a couple I marry them in canon law.
I simply marry them in the eyes of God and the state.