The Forgive Me Father Offensive

Since it’s All Saint’s Day, what better way to celebrate than by offending your entire congregation? Or at least the sinners among them, which technically is your entire congregation.

Seriously, raise your hand if you’re not a sinner. Now stop lying and put your arm down because it’s All Saint’s Day and God is watching!

Here’s a good one from

A PRIEST IN Kerry has sparked backlash after telling a mass that sex between two men or two women is sinful and that free condom schemes from the HSE promote promiscuity.

Fr Seán Sheehy, a retired priest deputising for parish priest Fr Declan O’Connor, said during his homily at St Mary’s Church in Listowel that repentance would save people from Satan and his “wiles and ways”.

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

The Bishop of Kerry, Dr Ray Browne, has this morning apologised for the homily, saying the views expressed were not representative of Christianity.

Bishop Browne in a statement posted on the diocesan website this mid morning said he was aware of “the deep upset and hurt” caused by the contents of the homilies in question delivered over the weekend.

“I apologise to all who were offended. The views expressed do not represent the Christian position. The homily at a regular weekend parish Mass is not appropriate for such issues to be spoken of in such terms.

“The Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is a Gospel of love and ever proclaims the dignity of every human person. It calls on us all to ever have total respect for one another.

The statement included three passages from the Bible, including: “Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are,” from the Gospel of John

As someone who is well versed in the bible, at least the parts that justify my own personal beliefs and biases, I could spend a few paragraphs presenting a counter argument here but I don’t have the energy. I’m still hungover from gorging on Halloween candy last night.

I just want to say that I’m really sick of people saying things they know are controversial only to walk it back later as soon as someone pops up with the “I’m offended!” reaction. It’s just so dishonest and lazy and we all know how the Lord feels about lying and laziness.

Especially on All Saint’s Day!

I don’t care if you’re a priest, even an Irish one. Just stop it. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Or, in biblical speak, let your “Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”

Can I get an amen?

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