John M. Becker

Irish Priest Comes Out at Mass, Gets Standing Ovation

Filed By John M. Becker | January 11, 2015 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Catholic Church, Catholic priest, gay Catholics, gay marriage, Ireland, marriage equality, priest, pro-LGBT Catholics, same-sex marriage

rainbow-catholic.jpgEarlier this month, a Catholic priest in Dublin, Ireland came out as gay to his parishioners at Mass, declared his support for marriage equality, and urged them to vote for the freedom to marry in the country's upcoming referendum, The Guardian reports:

Father Martin Dolan, who has been a priest at the Church of St Nicholas of Myra in Francis Street, Dublin for 15 years, made the unexpected comments during mass.

The priest, who was unavailable for comment and is reported to be on holiday, urged his congregation to back same-sex marriage in the forthcoming Irish referendum.

Parishioners are understood to have applauded when Dolan announced "I'm gay myself" last Saturday.

Speaking to the Irish Sun, community youth worker Liz O'Connor said: "We are all very proud of Father Martin. Because he has admitted that he is gay he doesn't change the person that he was before it."

LGBT equality groups have also hailed Fr. Dolan's decision to come out and endorse marriage equality. Polls have shown that a clear majority of the Irish people support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, but the Catholic Church is fighting strongly against its proposed legalization in Ireland.

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