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Irish church altar ‘desecrated’ by gay sex act, now people are calling for an exorcism

Claire Toureille May 4, 2018

A general view shows the altar housed in the choir in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, west of London, on February 11, 2018 where Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will hold their wedding ceremony.

The Irish Catholic Church has asked the Garda – the Republic of Ireland’s state police – to investigate after explicit pictures emerged of a gay sex act taking place on a church altar.

The pictures show a man wearing priest vestments performing sex acts with another man, as well as suggestive poses, on the altar. 

Having seen the pictures, a source told the Belfast Telegraph they were an “abomination.”

While the acts in the pictures appears to be consensual, they are being considered sacrilegious because of what one of the men is wearing and where the photographs were taken.

Catholicism defines sacrilege as the action of defiling any sacred objects, places or people and it applies to priests’ chasubles. A physical depreciation – having sex on an altar, for instance – is called a desecration.

Garda will investigate whether the pictures are real and will visit the church where the act is claimed to have happened.

“The photographs depict something that appears somewhat Satanic,” the source said.

The horrified source is now calling for “some sort of exorcism at that church” and pondered how many people had received communion, been buried or married at the altar since the pictures were taken.

It isn’t known whether the man wearing priest’s vestments is an actual priest.

The local diocese did not elaborate on whether the church had been reconsecrated since the pictures were discovered.

Pope Francis will be visiting Dublin in late August and will be sitting in on the Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families.

On May 25, the Republic of Ireland will have a referendum on abortion. People will be voting on whether to repeal the eighth amendment to the constitution, which protects the “unborn” unless it compromises the mother’s life.

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