Religion and Philosophy

Priest ‘to be taken off Masses’ after Kerry bishop’s rebuke of offending homily

Fr Sean Sheehy said that he believed that the Bishop of Kerry was ‘muzzling the truth in order to appease people’.

File photo of a man holding rosary beads (Brian Lawless/PA)

A priest who gave a widely condemned address in Co Kerry church over the weekend is to be prevented from saying Mass again after the Bishop of Kerry rebuked his comments as unchristian.

Retired priest Fr Sean Sheehy told worshippers at St Mary’s Church in Listowel that gay couples were sinful, and criticised free contraception being provided by the HSE as it was “promoting promiscuity”.

A video of Fr Sheehy’s comments, where he also criticised abortion and the trans community, has been shared widely online and has prompted condemnation of his views.

“What is so sad today is you rarely hear about sin but it’s rampant. It’s rampant,” Fr Sheehy said during his homily delivered over the weekend.

“We see it, for example, in the legislation of our governments.

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