Priest insists he won't apologise over gay marriage remarks following mass-goers' walkout

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A Catholic priest has insisted he won't apologise over comments he made in a sermon on gay marriage which sparked a walk-out by parishioners.

Fr John Britto, a Carmelite priest from southern India and now based in the Raphoe Diocese, criticised GAA footballer Éamon McGee for supporting the Yes campaign in the marriage rights referendum due to be held in May.

Some members of his congregation at St Mary's Star of the Sea church in Annagry, Co Donegal, walked out of Saturday night's Mass reportedly over his sermon.

Earlier today Raidio Na Gaeltachta reported that Fr Britto had refused to apologise for his opposition to gay marriage during a sermon at 10am Mass.

The station however did report that Fr Britto had apologised to Éamon McGee and the Donegal footballer subsequently pulled out of a planned interview on the Rónán Beo show.

This evening however the priest said he hadn't issued any apologies for opposing McGee and his views.