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Irish parish welcomes lesbian couple; critic reports threats

September 12, 2016

An Irish parish has welcomed back a lesbian couple who had resigned from parish leadership roles, and the Catholic man who called for their resignations has said that he is the subject of "a campaign of hate and threats of physical violence."

Jacinta O'Donnell and Geraldine Flanagan relinquished their posts-- one as a member of the parish choir, the other as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist-- at St. Michael's church in Athy after they joined in a same-sex marriage ceremony in July. But they have been restored to their positions.

Anthony Murphy, the editor of the Catholic Voice, had objected to the prominent roles played by the lesbian couple. He now says that after receiving threats, he had been advised by police "not to attend Sunday Mass this Sunday for my own personal safety."

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  • Posted by: unum - Sep. 14, 2016 10:10 AM ET USA

    If two Catholic brothers or two Catholic sisters or a Catholic brother and Catholic sister live together is that a sin? If two Catholic male friends or Catholic female friends live together, is that a sin? If any of the above advocate for same sex marriage or participate in a same sex marriage ceremony is that a sin? If a Catholic priest or bishop were willing to openly teach on the subject (I have not met one yet), perhaps the faithful could answer these questions!

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Sep. 12, 2016 11:25 PM ET USA

    St. Patrick is turning over in grave. Ireland is going to hell and a handbasket. The Parish priest should be removed immediately. The two lesbians should not return unless willing to live a separate and chaste life.

  • Posted by: Louise01 - Sep. 12, 2016 10:57 PM ET USA

    What is right is wrong, Wrong is right....