They are defying the Roman Catholic church in Spain but delighting the people. Hundreds of worshippers turned up for a banned Easter Mass taken by three rebel priests in Madrid. The church objects to them conducting services in ordinary clothing and, above all, to them using home-baked fodder as communion bread.
But Father Pepe Diez defended their interpretation of the liturgy: “In the Gospel, it is said: ‘This bread is the fruit of the earth and people’s work.’ So, when a mother comes with some bread or a home-made cake, that is also people’s work,” he said. The Catholic archbishop of Madrid has told the priests to stop celebrating mass in the working-class neighbourhood of the Spanish capital.
Outside the church, however, one woman argued that by providing food, clothing and shelter, they are carrying out God’s work. The faithful seem to agree. The priests are highly respected in the district for their work with drug addicts, prisoners, prostitutes and the poor.