Fr Adrian Egan (above) published a letter in the Irish Times, 30 April, in which he asserted his intention to vote YES in the same-sex marriage referendum to take place in Ireland on 22nd May. Click on the photo to read his letter, published on a new website called Priests For Yes – I mean, can it get any worse? Brazen priests boasting about their support for unnatural and immoral sexual behaviour, basing their opinions on a childish understanding of “love” and “equality”.
Then another priest, Fr Brian O’Fearraigh, announced (to his congregation at Mass) that he, too, would be voting YES. It’s not a Church matter, it’s a state matter was his crackpot defence. What was that about “diabolical disorientation”? You bet… For if the Devil isn’t working in these priests, I can’t think what’s driving them – definitely not logic, theology, scripture or even elementary knowledge of the natural moral law. Here’s the report from the Irish Examiner – brace yourself…
Fr O’Fearraigh said that his conscience is clear with regard his decision, regardless of the fact that his bishop, Bishop of Raphoe Philip Boyce, had publically declared he would be voting No.
“The reality of same-sex marriage is a reality that in no way threatens me or in no way offends me as an individual, as a priest and ultimately as a citizen of this state.”
Barry Jones, a spokesperson for StandUp4Marriage, a group advocating a No vote was speaking on the same station to Greg Hughes and said that the referendum was “a matter for every individual, it’s as simple as that, and that is a matter for him whatever way he wants to vote. It certainly sounds to me that he [Fr O Fearraigh] is misguided”.
The referendum takes place on May 22. Source – note, includes short audio clip of Fr O’Fearraigh defending his indefensible position.
We’ve had a number of threads to discuss the forthcoming referendum in Ireland. This thread is not about that. It’s about the following:
1) how come these priests have no awareness of the nature and purpose of conscience?
2) why is their Superior/Bishop not insisting that they resign from active priestly ministry? Do you think they should resign?
3) What should Catholics do if their priest publicly announces his intention to vote for same-sex marriage or otherwise publicly attacks dogma or morals? I once told a priest after Mass that if he did that again, I would publicly correct him. Should we do that, even though, I’m told, technically it’s against the law of the land. Does anyone care?
The key question MUST be asked and answered: is it possible for a Catholic priest to “disagree” with God’s natural moral order and undermine the Church by handing over guardianship of God’s objective moral law to the State? Is that possible? And still remain in a position of influence over the Catholic people, to feed them stones instead of bread? What does Canon Law have to say on the matter?