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Orkney monks forced to worship in garage after religious split

An order of monks on a tiny island are worshipping in a garage after a split.

The Transalpine Redemptorists on Papa Stronsay in Orkney divided in a row over religious direction.

One side, led by the traditional order’s vicar general Father Michael Mary, have remained at the Golgotha Monastery on the island.

The rival faction, led by Father Nicholas Mary, have set up on neighbouring St ronsay, where they have been worshipping at various venues, including a garage.

The division came after the Catholic order made their peace earlier this year with the Vatican following a 20-year suspension.

The Orkney monks say the traditional Tridentine Mass, sometimes referred to as the Latin Mass or Old Mass. It was outlawed by the Church until a reversal by Pope Benedict last year.

That led to the reconciliation between the Vatican and the Orkney monks.

But Father Nicholas and three other brothers did not back the move and were asked to leave.

• Full story at the Daily Record.

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