A Dublin priest “came out” as gay in front of his congregation.
Father Martin Dolan, a priest at the city’s Church of St Nicholas of Myra, had made the revelation to his flock last Saturday night at Mass, and then again to worshippers the following morning.
Father Dolan’s statement on Saturday received a standing ovation from those assembled at the church.
He also called for same-sex marriage to be recognised.
The Catholic Church has long opposed homosexuality.
In a 1986 missive from the Vatican, the then Pope John Paul II had decreed: “As in every moral disorder, homosexual activity prevents one’s own fulfilment and happiness by acting contrary to the creative wisdom of God.”
The Irish Sun quoted a community youth worker, Liz O’Connor, as saying: “We are all very proud of Fr Martin. Because he has admitted that he is gay doesn’t change the person that he was before he said it.”