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    A Catholic priest has caused uproar in Ireland after declaring that the deputy prime minister, Leo Varadkar, and other gay politicians will go to hell.
    Fr Seán Sheehy, 65, condemned homosexuality, trans rights and abortion rights from the pulpit and in media interviews this week, drawing widespread censure, including from his own bishop.

    Some called the comments a throwback to a vanished Ireland, others linked them to Sheehy’s exposure to US culture wars during 42 years serving in US dioceses.
    The row flared on Sunday when the priest gave an outspoken homily at St Mary’s church in Listowel in his native County Kerry, reportedly causing dozens of people to walk out.
    The bishop of Kerry, Raymond Browne, apologised and said Sheehy’s views did not “represent the Christian position”.
    However, the priest confirmed his view in radio interviews. Asked if he thought Varakdar and other gay politicians who supported gay and abortion rights would go to hell, he replied: “Absolutely.”
    Sheehy said politicians, the media and the Catholic church itself had misled Irish people into approving same sex marriage and abortion rights in referendums. “You had an agenda that was really being pushed and the sad point about it is that the hierarchy was mute: they never educated the people at all,” he told RTE’s Liveline.
    Sheehy likened homosexuality to a disability “because it leans a person in an abnormal direction in terms of expressing sexuality”.
    Government ministers called the comments disgraceful. A spokesman for Varadkar said he disagreed with the priest but respected his right to express his beliefs. “The tánaiste does not believe that gay people will go to hell for being who they are, nor does he believe that any man or woman can make such a judgment,” said the spokesperson.
    Sheehy returned to Ireland from the US in 2008 to serve as a parish priest. He was removed from his post a year later after telling a court a convicted rapist had “not an abusive bone in his body”. Sheehy is now retired and delivered the homily in Listowel while covering for a parish priest who was away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    He was removed from his post a year later after telling a court a convicted rapist had “not an abusive bone in his body”. Sheehy is now retired and delivered the homily in Listowel while covering for a parish priest who was away.
    dafuc? who authorised that?

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    Well he is Catholic. Not exactly unknown for them to distort the Christian message. Maybe if they kept their thoughts away from kiddy fiddling and more on the message of the one they supposedly follow, they might be able to reflect a little on how their mistakes have adversely affected both Christian and atheist alike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    Well he is Catholic. Not exactly unknown for them to distort the Christian message.
    Brother Hugh, this is not the time to set Christian heart against Christian heart.

    This is the time to stand shoulder to shoulder against the rising tide of moral iniquity that besets Western society with its wanton and excessive emphasis on the individual over the collective

    Give me a run down of the key shortcomings with the Catholic misinterpretation of the true Christian message as you see it and lets see if we can put this strife to bed

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    gay people will go to hell for being who they are
    A bit harsh. I think 3 months purgatory would be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Asked if he thought Varakdar and other gay politicians who supported gay and abortion rights would go to hell, he replied: “Absolutely.”
    In some countries gays are already in hell.

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    Christianity , the two thousand year long disaster

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