Has a Catholic priest in Ireland really been cancelled by his Bishop for preaching against sin?

Nov 3, 2022 by

By Laura Perrins, Catholic Herald:

What is more important, appeasing the atheist Catholic-haters on twitter or saving souls? It seems that for the Bishop of Kerry, Ray Browne, it is the appeasing of atheists. The Bishop has abandoned his priest Fr Sean Sheehy who last weekend in St Mary’s Church in Listowel Co. Kerry, Ireland had the temerity to give a homily warning about sinful behaviour.

Fr Sean Sheehy condemned such sinful acts as abortion and sexual acts outside marriage, both same sex and promiscuity, as well as transgenderism. Fr Sheehy said, “What is so sad today is you rarely hear about sin, but it’s rampant. And we see it, for example, in the legislation of our government. We see it in the promotion of abortion. We see it in this lunatic approach of transgenderism. We see it, for example, in the promotion of sex between two men or two women. That is sinful. That is mortal sin. And people don’t seem to realise it. But it’s a fact. And we need to listen to God about it, because if we don’t, then there’s no hope for those people.”

The homily prompted walk-outs at the church and was posted to twitter so the usual pile-on began. The Irish mainstream media, which has been branding the Catholic Church as evil for the last two decades, gave its own incorrect version of events, which was that the priest was condemning homosexual and transgender people, as people. The priest very clearly condemns the acts and the ideology, not the people themselves. In fact, what Father Sheehy condemned is sin itself.

Prophetically, Father Sheehy said, “Now there are people who won’t like to hear what I’m saying.” Well, he got that right, but I doubt he thought those people would include his own Bishop. The Bishop, in an act of outright cowardice, posted the following apology: “I am aware of the deep upset and hurt caused by the contents of the homilies in question delivered over the weekend. I apologize to all who were offended. The views expressed do not represent the Christian position.” (My emphasis.)

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Belfast telegraph report here

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