A NUMBER of people walked out of a Mass in protest at comments made by a priest during a sermon on gay marriage.
Father John Britto spoke out against gay marriage during a sermon in Annagry on Saturday night.
And he told the congregation that Gaoth Dobhair footballer Eamon McGee was wrong to back the Yes campaign in May’s referendum on same sex marriages.
A number of people attending the Mass objected to the comments and left.
“A few people walked out; Father Britto was giving a very robust sermon on gay marriage and said McGee was wrong (to support the Yes campaign),” said a mother who was at the Mass.
Members of one family were at the Mass for an anniversary of a dead relative. They are said to have found the sermon upsetting.
The incident came just days after the Donegal defender backed the Yes campaign in the referendum. A Catholic organisation criticised McGee on social media.
“The reaction has been more than positive. A Catholic organisation was ribbing me on Twitter and asking why the GAA was taking a stand on this,” said Éamon.
“It’s a societal issue rather than a political issue but the majority of it has been supportive and I think it’s a good opportunity too for people to talk about it. It just shows you there’s that bit of open-mindedness there.
“There’s no point lying about it: there’s certain aspects of GAA folk that are traditionalists, have Catholic viewpoints and are old school. They will view this with a bit of suspicion, this lifestyle. Maybe that’s 20-30% of them, 30% maximum. The majority of the GAA are coming on now to it.”
McGee told a press conference last month that if he was lucky enough to have children he didn’t want one of them asking him in the future why he didn’t vote Yes.