Outrage as priest likens gay people to zombies
A bishop has been called upon to address comments made by a priest who compared gay people to zombies.
Fr Tom Forde spoke of "the abuse of drugs and alcohol, adultery, fornication and homosexuality" and referred to the "acceptance of abortion and contraception and the move to legalise euthanasia" in a homily at the Capuchin Friary in Kilkenny on Saturday.
"We sense that many of those around us are physically alive but spiritually dead, morally rotten, or at least infected," he said.
Referencing zombies, he added: "Once you are bitten, you are infected and there is no hope. The only way to deal with the monsters is to stab or shoot them in the brain".
Some of the congregation reportedly walked out.
Amnesty Ireland called on the Catholic bishop of Ossory to address the "vitriolic and homophobic" comments.
The Capuchin Order apologised for the homily, saying: "(We wish) to state that all are welcome in our churches... unfortunate comments were made about homosexuality last Saturday which gay people would have found hurtful.
"We deeply regret this."