Irish Lesbians Return, Given Standing Ovation at Catholic Mass

CM Exclusive: Irish Lesbians Return, Given Standing Ovation at Catholic Mass

Shunned parishioner Anthony Murphy speaks with Church Militant

by Max Douglas • ChurchMilitant • September 11, 2016

ATHY, Ireland – A lesbian couple has returned to their leadership roles in their Catholic parish in the diocese of Dublin, Ireland, even applauded from the pews, while the faithful Catholic parishioner who raised concerns about the scandal of their same-sex “marriage” continues to be shunned.

Anthony Murphy, editor of The Catholic Voice Ireland, spoke with Church Militant and offered his reaction. Murphy was the one who had initially expressed concerns about the lifestyle of Jacinta O’Donnell and Geraldine Flanagan, a “married” same-sex couple at St. Michael’s Church in Athy, and as a result, they stepped down from their roles as choir directors. The lesbian couple had previously resigned from their positions with the Lay Dominicans of Ireland. Flanagan was president of the national group, while O’Donnell was president of the Athy chapter.

When they went on Irish radio to complain about Murphy, he became the target of death threats from the [pro-abort, pro-homo] Irish Republican Army. “I have been threatened by members of the local Sinn Fein IRA Party not to go into my local town unless I have a ‘death wish,'” Murphy had told Church Militant.

He received no support from local clergy, his parish priest, Canon Frank McEvoy, even going so far as to call Murphy “homophobic.” And Ireland’s national police have told Murphy “not to attend Sunday Mass” out of concerns over his safety.

Saturday, a vigil Mass at Murphy’s parish was packed as the lesbian “married” couple returned to Mass, re-assuming their roles as choir directors. Murphy told Church Militant, “The lady who filmed it never attends Mass but she was there to applaud them along with a large LGBT contingent.”

The Mass was concelebrated by five priests.

Murphy told Church Militant that the women received Holy Communion in front of the whole church. “The priest takes Communion to the two women and they receive in a very public way in front of the whole congregation,” he explained. “It is a public sacrilege and a complete humiliation for Our Lord.”

He continued,

The recent homosexual scandal at the seminary in Maynooth and what is happening in Athy are symptomatic of the crisis facing the Church in Ireland. The Church is disintegrating before our eyes and not only do many of our bishops refuse to act but some even appear to want to help the disintegration. It is very clear to me that this is time for the faithful lay people to rise up and say: NOT IN OUR NAME. If our bishops are too timid to fight for Christ then we must.

We asked Murphy to comment on the death threats. “At the moment things have calmed down because the women are back in the church,” he said. “I am sure there will be more threats, which is why I also intend to make sure the police here do the right thing and prosecute those who have been inciting hate against me and my family.”

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  1. CM Exclusive: Interview With Irish Editor Receiving Death Threats

    Anthony Murphy: “The Church in Ireland has been abandoned by the shepherds and the wolves have been let loose to ravage the flock”

    by Max Douglas • ChurchMilitant • September 9, 2016

    DUBLIN – The editor of the Catholic Voice Ireland has been receiving death threats from the [pro-abort, pro-homo] Irish Republican Army.

    “I have been threatened by members of the local Sinn Fein IRA Party not to go into my local town unless I have a ‘death wish,'” Athony Murphy told Church Militant. He first alerted Catholics to the death threats on his Facebook page Thursday. Church Militant spoke with Murphy shortly after on Friday morning.

    Problems started after two female extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist at Murphy’s parish entered into a so-called-same-sex marriage earlier this year. Murphy initially contacted the parish priest but was met with opposition.

    “He is accepting of their ‘marriage’ and had told me that everyone has a right to happiness,” Murphy commented to Church Militant. “He also accused me of homophobia.”

    Murphy then took matters into his own hands. He sent out a text to other parishioners urging them to reconsider the position of the women in the parish. Shortly after, the women stepped down from choir and Holy Communion duties. They then went on radio to paint Murphy as a “mean” Catholic.

    Murphy said on radio in response, “You cannot have contradiction where the Church teaches one thing and people who are right next to the tabernacle, the Blessed Sacrament, contradict all of that teaching.”

    The women are still attending Mass although they have stepped down from their leadership positions in the parish. “This was not an issue about the women — they are children of God — but it is about their suitability to hold leadership positions in the parish.”

    We asked Murphy if other clergy have come to his aid. Murphy commented, “The Church in Ireland has been abandoned by the shepherds, and the wolves have been let loose to ravage the flock.” He continued, “This whole episode has occurred because of the complete failure of the Church in Ireland to teach.”

    The risk to Murphy and his family are still real. “It is a difficult and stressful time. I have been advised by the local curate, a good man, not to attend Mass in the parish because he fears for my safety. Please God this storm will pass. In the meantime, all we can do is pray for all concerned.”

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