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What does Varadkar really think of priests?

Marriage equality and abortion votes carried only because of Catholic support

Tue, Jul 16, 2019, 06:00

Fr Brendan Hoban

The recent Dáil exchange in which Taoiseach Leo Varadkar compared Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to “one of those parish priests who preaches from the altar telling us to avoid sin while secretly going behind the altar and engaging in any amount of sin himself” came as something of a shock.

The immediate reaction was one of surprise and confusion. What was this about? Was Varadkar just tired after a hectic schedule in Brussels? Was he just being smart-assed and playing to the gallery? Or was it that in the heat of the moment the truth came out?

Did we glimpse the real Varadkar, instead of the carefully-constructed media image of a leader happy and privileged to lead the very disparate communities that make up the new Ireland? Was this indicative of what he really thought of the Catholic Church and of priests?


Condemnation

The widespread condemnatory response to his comments was immediate and strong. The reason, I think, was that what he seemed to be saying was not just that the church had a lot to answer for (as we do); or that we should apologise for our failings (which we have) but that behind the facade of condemnation priests were living lives that contradicted what they were preaching.

We know that’s the worst possible accusation against a priest. And we know that tarring every priest with the brush of child abuse is unfair and unconscionable, but this is what the Taoiseach speaking in the Dáil chamber seemed to be implying. Whatever he said, whatever he meant, whatever the provenance of his words, I think this was why the response was so instinctive.

In fairness, the Taoiseach apologised and it was important and necessary that he did so. But it raises other issues. Does he mean it? And can we believe him?


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Varadkar is a sodomite. No other explanation needed.
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This priest is a founding member of the Association of catholic priests ACP, in Ireland its other founding member publicly denies the perpetual virginity of the BVM. During the “same sex marriage” referendum Fr b Hogan said the church should stay out of it, during the abortion referendum FrBHoban refused to take a side but now he wants Irish Catholics to rise up because the Irish Taoiseach said …More
This priest is a founding member of the Association of catholic priests ACP, in Ireland its other founding member publicly denies the perpetual virginity of the BVM. During the “same sex marriage” referendum Fr b Hogan said the church should stay out of it, during the abortion referendum FrBHoban refused to take a side but now he wants Irish Catholics to rise up because the Irish Taoiseach said something degrading about priests. Too little too late