Trevor Lunn MLA said: “Tom Elliott and Danny Kennedy did the right thing. We are trying to build a shared future in Northern Ireland and it is vital that the organisation recognises the progress that has been made and must continue to be made in our society.
“The Orange Order needs to ask what type of message this sends out about the organisation.
“The Orange Order espouses civil and religious liberty but doesn’t extend that to letting their own members have a choice about attending Catholic services. There are massive questions that the organisation must answer about this issue and they must examine their rules.
“I have seen other members of the Orange Order attend funerals at Catholic Churches and I don’t think any of them faced any action.”