Saturday 24 August 2019

Ian O'Doherty: First they came for the cranky priests and I said nothing

Church: The Cappuchin Friary in Kilkenny where Tom Forde gave his controversial homily. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Church: The Cappuchin Friary in Kilkenny where Tom Forde gave his controversial homily. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

The fuss created by Capuchin cleric Fr Tom Forde started off as a mildly amusing example of a priest going rogue in the pulpit, and quickly descended into farce.

Fr Forde took to the stage in his parish in Kilkenny two weeks ago and went on what can only describe as a stream-of-consciousness comedy routine. Bringing zombies into his sermon, the cranky cleric admitted that while the undead weren't real, people could still be "physically alive but spiritually dead, morally rotten or at least infected".

Then, warming to his undeniably inventive analogy, he added: "It is visible in the abuse of drugs and alcohol, in adultery, fornication and homosexuality, as well as in the acceptance of abortion and contraception and in the move to legalise euthanasia. The only way to deal with monsters is to stab or shoot them in the brain."

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Do you think he was urging his flock to pour out on to the lovely streets of Kilkenny and start killing everyone he doesn't like?

Or do you think he took a train of thought and simply stretched it beyond common sense?

Well, plenty of people were so outraged that they reported him to the guards for inciting violence - a classic example of the so-called Streisand effect.

Most people rolled their eyes when they read the quotes rather then ringing their local cop shop to make a complaint.

But, in a wider context, it's another example of how painfully literal some people have become.

Did they genuinely feel in fear, or are they just cranks using the gardaí to make a point?

Answers on a Walking Dead postcard, please.

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