Dublin Catholics successfully mobilized to stop 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, local Catholics instigated a campaign to apply pressure on the parish council, culminating in removing the flag after a single day on the flag pole. There followed a protest outside the church on June 19. Over 70 Catholics prayed the Rosary on the Ballyfermot roundabout opposite the church.
The protest was organized and directed by the Irish Society for Christian Civilisation, a Catholic activist group known for their spirited public demonstrations and resulting in progressive meltdowns. The group is a sister organization of the autonomous societies for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) that exist worldwide.
Outlining their reasons for organizing the protest, a spokesman 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 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 anti-fascist demonstration in Smithfield, this author had the pleasure of observing the tail end of Councillor Kelly’s temper tantrum as he wildly asserted the praying Catholics were the same as the Democratic Unionist Party, a Protestant and loyalist political party in Northern Ireland.
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.
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. These groups will not rest until, like Anglicanism, the Church becomes culturally and spiritually demoralized to the point of just becoming another liberal appendage.
The successful act of reparation at Ballyfermot shows that 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 reasoning with those who wish 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 over Irish society.
As seen on The Burkean.