Loyal Orders in Catholic clergy talks

Loyal Orders in Catholic clergy talks

Senior members of the Orange Order and Royal Black Institution have met for talks with Catholic clergymen in Belfast, with all parties agreeing to further engagement in the future.

Among those involved in Wednesday's meeting were Father Michael Sheehan from St Patrick's Parish on Donegall Street and the Orange Order's Belfast County Grand Master George Chittick.In recent years, the area around the church has become a flashpoint during some parades with various concerns raised regarding behaviour outside - including music played by bands.According to statements from both the Loyal Orders and the Catholic Church, "all parties agreed the meeting was helpful, allowing a useful exchange of views".Orange Order Grand Master Edward Stevenson, Royal Black Sovereign Grand Master Millar Farr, and Bishop of Down and Connor Noel Treanor also participated in the talks.The issue of "religious freedom in secular society" was discussed and the clergy were given a presentation of the Orange Institution's educational outreach programme.They were also given an overview of the REACH project, which will see the development of two new interpretative centres in Belfast and Loughgall.The meeting was held at the Orange Institution's temporary headquarters on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast.


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