Priest who criticised same-sex relationships and free condoms stands by comments

By Jane Moore
TheJournal.ie
Priest who criticised same-sex relationships and free condoms stands by comments

A PRIEST IN Kerry who sparked backlash over comments he made during a homily on Sunday has stood over his remarks and accused the Bishop of Kerry of “muzzling the truth” after he said that the views expressed were not representative of Christianity.

Fr Seán Sheehy, a retired priest deputising for parish priest Fr Declan O’Connor, told parishioners at St Mary’s Church in Listowel that sex between two men or two women is sinful and that free condom schemes from the HSE promote promiscuity.

He also said that Irish legislation took a “lunatic approach” to “transgenderism”.

A number of people left the Sunday morning mass in protest, while the video of the mass sparked backlash on Facebook and Twitter.

One person told The Journal that the sermon was “like stepping back to 1980s Ireland.”

The Bishop of Kerry, Dr Ray Browne, issued a statement yesterday morning in which he…

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