Dublin priest receives standing ovation after saying he is gay during Mass
A priest in Dublin received a standing ovation from his congregation as he came out as gay after his sermon where he called for same sex marriage equality in Ireland.
Father Martin Dolan has been a priest at the Church of St Nicholas of Myra in Francis Street in Dublin's city for 15 years.
On Saturday past Fr Dolan confided in his parishioners during Mass and also on the Sunday morning.
He called on his congregation to support same sex marriage in the upcoming Irish referendum at the end of May.
He said: "I'm gay myself."
The statement was met by applause and a standing ovation from his "proud" parishioners.
Speaking to the Irish Sun community youth worker Liz O'Connor said: "We are all very proud of Fr Martin. Because he has admitted that he is gay he doesn't change the person that he was before it."
The priest is currently on a pre-planned holiday and will return to his parish soon.
A source within the Catholic Church told the Sun: "He had the break all planned before all this came out in case people think he is running to the hills.
"He was just doing his service, it was part of his homily, and that's it."
Ms O'Connor said the congregation would not like to see Dolan leave his parish.
The Dublin Archdiocese declined to comment until they had spoken to Fr Dolan directly.
A referendum on same sex marriage will take place at the end of May 2015.