Words: Steve Brown
An Irish priest compares LGBTQ people to zombies, leaving churchgoers stunned.
Tom Forde, from the Friary in Kilkenny in south east Ireland, was giving a sermon to his parishioners over the weekend and in his homily - a commentary that follows a reading of scripture – he suggested those who believe in contraception and abortion are the ‘living dead’.
According to the Irish Mirror, the homily read: “I begin this homily with an embarrassing admission. It may destroy whatever respect you have for me.
“You may decide to disregard everything I say now and in the future. But there is a point to my admission, and I ask you to be patient with me. I am a little odd. I like zombies.”
He then went on to list movies and TV shows featuring zombies including The Walking Dead and said that the people are ‘physically alive but spiritually dead, morally rotten or at least infected’.
He said: “We see this when the mask slips and someone we thought a friend is revealed as a fiend, full of anger, spite, malice, lust or pride we had not seen before. We see it in self-destructive, irrational behaviour.
“It is visible in the abuse of drugs and alcohol, in adultery, fornication and homosexuality (and there are other unnameable behaviours).
“As well as in acceptance of abortion and contraception and in the move to legalise euthanasia.
“In the zombie genre once you’re bitten, you’re infected and there’s no hope. The only way to deal with the monsters is to stab or shoot them in the brain for otherwise they are merciless, relentless and unstoppable.
“Zombies, thank God, do not actually exist but I would suggest, spiritual-zombie hood does.”
Following his outrageous – and utterly ridiculous – comments, it was reported that a number of parishioners left the mass.