By Ciaran Brennan
Dublin Catholics successfully mobilised last week to call a halt to the flying of the Pride flag outside
the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Ballyfermot. Significant controversy was generated
among the faithful following the raising of the flag earlier by the parish council, a move subsequently
defended by Fr Aidan Egan at his Sunday homily.
Following online criticism, a campaign was instigated by local Catholics to apply pressure on the
parish council culminating in the removal of the flag after a single day. There followed a protest
outside the church last Saturday resulting in 70 or so Catholics dignifiedly praying the Rosary on the
Ballyfermot roundabout opposite the church.
The protest was organised and directed by Irish Society for Christian Civilisation, a Catholic activist
group known for their spirited public demonstrations and resulting progressive meltdowns.
Outlining their reasons for organising the protest a spokesman for the group stated the following,
‘One of the tools of the homosexual movement is ambiguity. The priest claimed that he flew the flag
to show that the Church welcomed everyone – a perfect example of being ambiguous and twisting the
meaning of words. The Church has always “welcomed” people but that never meant condoning a
sinful lifestyle. The Church “welcomed” a sinner back by charitably pointing him in the direction of
the confession box”
While in of itself a benign act, the assembly attracted the unwanted attention of Sinn Féin councilor
Greg Kelly, visibly enraptured at the sight of protesting Catholics. Bellowing accusations of
homophobia, Councillor Kelly proceeded with what were presumably his children to drive frantically
around the Ballyfermot roundabout blaring Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’ in contrast to the Ave
Marias of the crowd.
Having decamped from observing an earlier antifascist demonstration in Smithfield this author had
the pleasure of observing the tailend of Councillor Kelly’s temper tantrum as he wildly asserted the
praying Catholics were the same as the DUP.
There is a certain historic irony in a Sinn Féin representative harassing praying Catholics while
wearing a Celtic FC top that no doubt in between his singing renditions Kelly ought to have
recognised. A party formed out of the embers of Bombay Street to defend Catholic areas has been
reduced to that of a rainbow tinted orange order when it comes to Catholicism. The arrogance of
Kelly and others to demand that a Catholic Church fly a LGBT flag is akin to the very same
chauvinism Catholics were accustomed to in the Northern state.
While sanity prevailed with the swift removal of the flag, a media fueled campaign has since picked
up steam promoting a counterprotest this weekend. Spearheaded by various Sinn Féin and People
Before Profit fronts, it will see a picket arranged upon the same roundabout protesting homophobia.
From a theological standpoint the Church’s outlook is clear cut. Per the Magisterium, homosexual
acts are categorised as “objectively disordered” with Catholics instructed to hate the sin but love the
sinner when it comes interacting with homosexuals.
Those with any experiences of Catholic youth organisations or within seminaries know the malefic
effects homosexuals have upon organs of the Church. Certainly with various desecrations of religious
property seen during both the Repeal and SSM referenda, never mind constant cultural attacks by the
LGBT lobby on Catholics, one wonders if any compassionate attitudes will be reciprocated. Will The
George fly Papal colours or the various LGBT quangos redirect their state funding to missionary work
If it’s not clear enough already, Catholics in Ireland or elsewhere will not be afforded the right to
pursue their own individual Benedict Options as more and more our societies veer into the wilderness.
Our nation’s well resourced LGBT mafia has the Church under the knife and intends to keep it there. Any inch given to the lobby precipitates a mile being taken, with any concessions so far being
granted in no way placating the LGBT militants.
Failure to stick by our guns will only trigger further demands and rewrites of Catholic dogma by the
intransigent LGBT lobby who seek a parody of the Church. These groups will not rest until like
Anglicanism the Church becomes culturally and spiritually demoralised to the point of just becoming
another liberal appendage.
The past year we’ve seen a timorous abdication of responsibility by the hierarchy when it comes to
defending the rights of Catholics to attain the Sacraments during a lockdown which has targeted
religious gatherings inordinately. The spectacle of the Archbishop of Dublin sheepishly smiling as
Mohammedans utilise Croke Park, church services getting busted up by Gardaí and various Catholic
protests being harassed by authorities have been the images which have defined the previous year as
the writ of secular Caesars ran rampant.
As Hungary comes under siege for seeking the most basic of demands in its educational system as a
Christian nation,we bear witness to lengths to wish the LGBT lobby desires to pursue its blood libel
against traditional moral orders. Those who take to the roundabout this weekend seek not a
compromise with Catholicism but its neutralisation and maligning from public life. This is a battle of
territory as much as it is moral.
Irish Catholics are increasingly waking up in a captured state, more like the historically anticlerical
French Republic than the state our ancestors built. Against subversives both within and without, the
Church is tasked with standing sentinel in upholding the Christian order. As Irish Catholics we
comprehend at a primal level the nefarious designs of those who wish to threaten our Church whether
it is the northern orangeman or the southern NGO apparatchik.
There is very little point trying to placate the implacable and try reason with those who with you ill.
Long may the flag of the Sacred Heart fly over Irish Churches and let that banner be raised over our
society when the LGBT fanatics are driven out of the corridors of power. The message of the Gospel
will outlive those who currently hold the whip hand over Irish society.
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