Letter from Major James Crean to Colonel Maurice Moore, Inspector General, Irish National Volunteers, regarding his report "Operations Three Rock Mountains, September 6th 1914", and attaching newspaper cutting from 'The Irish Catholic' complaining that the training of the National Volunteers on Sundays has made it impossible for its men to attend mass,
1914 September 28.
|Main Creator:||Crean, James, Major|
Writes: "I attached a cutting from the Irish Catholic (Sept 12th) in which it is suggested that when in future orders are issued which may interfere with their attendance at Divine Service, the men should not obey them!!".
Article from the Irish Catholic points out that "It is obvious that such an early turn-out [for National Volunteers' operations and manoeuvres] made impossible the hearing of Mass before proceeding to the rendezvous, while the possibility of fulfilling the precept later on in the day was exposed to hazard. This fact ought, of course, to have been perfectly well known to the leaders, and it is difficult to understand why one of the gravest obligations known to Catholics should be deliberately ignored, as if it were of no account. As matters turned out, we understand that some at least of the Volunteers managed to attend Mass in a small country church - that is, if kneeling outside the walls constitutes attendance. Under the circumstances, we have no hesitation in advising Catholic Volunteers to refuse to obey any future order..."
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