Catholics Leave Mass Over Bigoted Homily, but Not All Priests Oppose Marriage Equality

Systemic, structural inequalities, elected Catholic “leaders” like John Boehner and Paul Ryan whose policies benefit big business at the expense of the poor; bigotry from the bench (like the pronouncements of Catholic Supreme Court judge, Antonin Scalia);  public officials (like Catholic governor Bobby Jindal in Louisiana who withhold healthcare from the poor and needy); hypocrisy from thrice-married Catholic convert and TV oracle on morality, Newt Gingrich; Catholic politicians who vote AGAINST pay parity for women or raising the minimum wage so that people can make enough to feed their families: at home and abroad, there is no shortage of issues that call for the clergy to forcefully remind us of what Jesus taught us. People in the pews would welcome a return to the Gospel of peace and justice Jesus left us, and the retirement of diatribes on sexual behavior.

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Gaelic footballer Eámon McGee, left, supporting the ‘Yes’ campaign

Catholics in Ireland walked out of Mass recently after a priest made prejudiced and personal attacks during a homily against marriage equality, about which the Irish are set to vote in a referendum later this spring.

Fr. John Britto, a Carmelite from India, encouraged parishioners at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Annagry, County Donegal, to deny same-gender couples the right to marry by voting ‘No.’ He also attacked local Gaelic footballer Eamon McGee, who has publicly supported the ‘Yes’ campaign, recently telling the Irish Examiner:

” ‘I don’t know would I be more ashamed that I didn’t vote or the fact I voted against it. It comes down to equality and one less difference in society…It’s not that I have any friends who are gay or any close family members but it’s a social issue.’ “

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