Sunday 22 September 2019

Priest who opposed repeal removes Facebook page

Campaign group Solidarity with Repeal holding a rally calling for abortion rights outside Belfast City Hall. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
Campaign group Solidarity with Repeal holding a rally calling for abortion rights outside Belfast City Hall. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Victoria Leonard

The priest at the centre of a row over whether Catholics who advocate abortion can marry in the Church appears to have removed a Facebook page in which he strongly opposed the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

Father Damien Quigley, from the Parish of Middle Killeavy Newry, warned a couple that advocating abortion could mean their wedding not taking place in a Catholic Church, according to BBC Radio Ulster's 'Nolan Show'.

He reportedly told the couple he had been asked to marry that their "promotion or advocacy" of abortion could also lead to him not being able to officiate.

Fr Quigley was reported to have written to the couple, saying: "Just a heads up, that as the priest you've asked to celebrate your wedding, you and I would need to have a conversation about any promotion you may do to advocate for abortion in Ireland.

 

"Such promotion or advocacy would impact on the appropriateness of me celebrating your wedding or possibly the wedding taking place in a Catholic Church."

Fr Quigley had previously maintained an active presence on Facebook, and the day after the referendum result shared an "approximate version" of his introduction to that morning's Mass, which stated that "the majority of our brothers and sisters in the Republic of Ireland have voted to follow a tragic path".

The Facebook page could still be viewed publicly on Tuesday.

However, yesterday, Fr Quigley's Facebook page appeared to have been removed.

Irish Independent

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