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Thursday, 18 July, 2002, 13:32 GMT 14:32 UK
Church faces CB radio fine
The Catholic Church in Northern Ireland could be fined thousands of pounds for broadcasting Masses to housebound parishioners.

The CB radio broadcasts of Masses are against the law and a number of complaints have been received by the Radio Communications Agency.

Father John McManus, diocesan media liaison officer for Down and Connor, said worshippers were angry the service might have to stop.


Now it is certainly illegal and we accept that - but old people are incensed

Father John McManus

"It is illegal and we accept that," he said.

"What we are saying is that the elderly people are totally incensed by this.

"It is something that has been happening - rightly or wrongly.

"When we introduced it, it appeared to be legal at that particular stage.

"Now it is certainly illegal and we accept that. But old people are incensed, and so are the housebound, that this has happened at this particular stage."

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