ST. JOHN’S – The Archbishop of St. John’s defended his censure of a local parish priest Monday, saying Father Paul Lundrigan’s comments were unacceptable within the Catholic Church.
In a sermon last week, Lundrigan challenged the Catholic Church’s campaign against legalizing same-sex marriage. Lundrigan called the church hypocritical, criticizing it for fighting same-sex marriages while it remained silent about sexual abuse by clergy members.
On Sunday, Archbishop Brendan O’Brien spoke to Lundrigan’s two parishes. It is a priest’s responsibility to deliver the church’s official teachings, including any scripture-based position the church takes, O’Brien told them.
But Lundrigan has shown repentance and will be permitted to remain working in the parishes of St. Kevin’s in Goulds and St. Joseph’s in Petty Harbour, he said.