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Ireland: Fine Gael Councillor calls on Bishop to make up for ‘disgraceful’ anti-gay comments

Aaron Day October 9, 2014

The Fine Gael Councillor for Galway West has condemned the actions of a Catholic Bishop who recently filed a complaint against a charity for donating to an LGBT community centre.

According to Galway Advertiser, Pearce Flannery spoke yesterday to condemn the actions and words of Bishop Martin Drennan.

Last month, Drennan filed the complaint on “moral grounds,” saying homosexual activity is “in our eyes morally wrong behaviour and we cannot put funds at the service of what we don’t believe is morally incorrect”.

Flannery announced he has submitted a motion to Galway City Council supporting the call for an LGBT resource centre.

He said: “This call is all the more important in the light of the disgraceful comments by Bishop Martin Drennan recently. I feel Martin Drennan spoke without considering the implications and the hurt he has caused.

“He has rowed back from his initial comments and indicated that he regretted his statement.

“Therefore I am calling on him to follow his words with action and demonstrate his commitment to equality by making a contribution to the LGBT resource centre from diocesan funds.”

He added: “As a society we need to demonstrate out maturity by ensuring that we are seen to listen to and support all of our members, whatever their personal situation.

“We must at all times protect the philosophy that we are a society of equals.”

The Bishop has previously rejected calls to resign following a sex abuse scandal in his diocese.

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