A priest has been removed from a ministry for “personal leave” after a video emerged showing a ‘gay sex romp’ on a church altar
Footage, which surfaced earlier this year, appeared to capture two men engaged in a sexual act at the altar of a church in Kildorrery, Ireland.
An internal church document, seen by the Irish Mirror, has now revealed that a priest has taken time out from his duties following the alleged incident.
A source said: “He has taken so-called personal leave to deal with his issues.
“It is understood he has been suffering from some mental difficulties and some addiction problems.
“When the video came to public attention he suffered a lot of adverse attention and in discussions with his bishop it was decided he would take time out.
“This has been a major scandal in the area and people are devastated by it all.
“The guards are investigating the incident and it is ongoing.”
The video apparently showed two men engaged in a sex act in St Bartholomew’s Church. One was wearing priest vestments.
At the time the video emerged, self-styled “independent” bishop Pat Buckley said he brought the images to the attention of church bosses.
He added: “I reported the images to the Catholic Church hierarchy and I am told they have gone to the gardai.”
The incident happened at St Bartholomew’s Church, Kildorrery, in the Cloyne Diocese of North Cork.
Meanwhile in the United States, Democrats are furious when the Supreme Court sided with a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.
The court ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s actions violated the free exercise clause.
In arguments before the court in December, Justine Anthony Kennedy, the author of all the court’s major gay-rights cases, worried that a ruling in favor of Phillips might allow shop owners to put up signs saying “We do not bake cakes for gay weddings.”
But later, Kennedy said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission seemed “neither tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips’ religious beliefs” when it found his refusal to bake a cake for the gay couple violated the state’s anti-discrimination law.
The case pitted Phillips’ First Amendment claims of artistic freedom against the anti-discrimination arguments of the Colorado commission, and the two men Phillips turned away in 2012.
“The commission’s hostility was inconsistent with the First Amendment’s guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion,” Kennedy wrote, referring to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
“The outcome of cases like this in other circumstances must await further elaboration in the courts, all in the context of recognizing that these disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs, and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market,” Kennedy said.
In other church news, Catholic Archbishop Burke recently reminded those that support abortion, that they are not Christians.
Cardinal Burke, who serves on the highest court at the Vatican, the Apostolic Signatura, and is the former archbishop of St. Louis, Mo., made his remarks during a Q&A session at the Rome Life Forum.
An attendee asked the cardinal,
“Does the doctrine of the social kingship of Christ entail limits on religious freedom? That is, if the society recognizes the kingship of Christ, does that not follow that certain expressions of false religion can and should be suppressed for the preservation of the common good?”
Cardinal Burke said,
“‘Freedom of religion’ does not mean the freedom to practice a religion which is false or a religion which contradicts the law of God.”
“A religion which would permit the killing of infants” or allow “any other kind of intrinsic evil” should not be free to practice, and this “is why the reality of the kingship of Christ is so important,” said the cardinal.
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July 2nd, 2018