Father Martin Dolan, who has been a priest at the Church of St Nicholas of Myra in Francis Street in Dublin, Ireland, for 15 years, received a standing ovation from his congregation this week as he called for same sex marriage equality in Ireland and came out to his parishioners.
As Dolan encouraged his congregation to support same-sex marriage in the upcoming Irish voter referendum, he told his faithful congregation, “I’m gay myself.”
Following his announcement at Saturday night’s Mass, he was met with a standing ovation.
Irish Central reports:
The admired priest is currently on a pre-planned holiday and will return to his parish soon.
A source within the Catholic Church told the Sun, “It was very brave. He said he was gay. That was it…no bones about it.”
They continued, “He had the break all planned before all this came out in case people think he is running to the hills.
“He certainly is not…this break was planned.
“He was just doing his service, it was part of his homily, and that’s it. If he feels strongly about something, Martin just says it.
“He’s happy with himself. There is no fear of him running away, he wouldn’t be one of them people.
“There’s a lot of gay priests but nobody will actually get up and say it.”
O’Connor echoed the sentiments of the congregation saying she would not want to see Dolan leave his parish after 15 years.
She said, “I wouldn’t like to see him being moved for the statement he made. That would be horrendous. He should be supported. He has done nothing wrong. If he’s moved, there would be uproar in this parish. He’s still the same man today.
“Fr Martin has always been an advocate of people’s rights, and even spoke about the child abuse in the Church.
“There’s not many of them (priests) that would come out because they’re afraid of the bishops and that, but Martin is his own man. That’s what he believes in.
“He is a man of real conviction and he doesn’t back down. Fr Martin has always been an advocate of the rights of people. He speaks his mind. He is right to advocate gay rights. The Church should back the priest.
“He should not be condemned by the hierarchy of the Church; he should be supported.”