Religion: Luther in Ireland

What would St. Finian have thought, he who is known as the "Teacher of the Irish Saints?" In the handsome Dublin church named for the great 6th century monk, a new pastor was preaching last week, and in his accents there was precious little of the Liffey. For a fact, the Rev. Hans Dietrich Mittorp was German, and a Lutheran at that—the first Lutheran pastor with a parish in Ireland for more than two centuries.

Since a community of Danes flourished there in the 18th century. Ireland has not had enough Lutherans to support a church. But since World War II, German...

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