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Priest says his sexuality is the reason he was rejected by Catholic Church

Fr Mac Ghille Aindrais believes the church turned down his bid to be ordained because he is gay

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Seamus Mac Ghille Aindrais near his home on the outskirts of Dungloe, Co Donegal. Picture by Lorcan Doherty

Seamus Mac Ghille Aindrais near his home on the outskirts of Dungloe, Co Donegal. Picture by Lorcan Doherty

Seamus Mac Ghille Aindrais near his home on the outskirts of Dungloe, Co Donegal. Picture by Lorcan Doherty

A 57-year-old man who recently applied to become a Catholic priest believes his application was rejected because he is gay.

Following the death of his lifelong partner, Seamus Mac Ghille Aindrais — who had studied in a Catholic seminary for several years after finishing school but left before being ordained — wanted to join the priesthood. However, his application was turned down.


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