A priest has stunned his parishioners with a bizarre homily that compared homosexuals to zombies.
Brother Tom Forde also suggested those who believe in contraception and abortion are “morally rotten” and the “living dead”.
The shocking comments were part of the cleric’s homily during mass in the Friary in Co Kilkenny.
He began the speech: “I begin this homily with an embarrassing admission. It may destroy whatever respect you have for me.
“You may decide to disregard everything I say now and in the future. But there is a point to my admission and I ask you to be patient with me. I am a little odd. I like zombies.”
He continued his homily by listing various zombie TV shows and films that he has enjoyed such as The Walking Dead.
Although Brother Forde accepted they are “ridiculous” horror stories, he suggested they can reflect real-life in that some people are “physically alive but spiritually dead, morally rotten or at least infected”.
He said: “We see this when the mask slips and someone we thought a friend is revealed as a fiend, full of anger, spite, malice, lust or pride we had not seen before. We see it in self-destructive, irrational behaviour.
“It is visible in the abuse of drugs and alcohol, in adultery, fornication and homosexuality (and there are other unnameable behaviours). As well as in acceptance of abortion and contraception and in the move to legalise euthanasia.
“In the zombie genre once you’re bitten you’re infected and there’s no hope. The only way to deal with the monsters is to stab or shoot them in the brain for otherwise they are merciless, relentless and unstoppable.
“Zombies, thank God, do not actually exist but I would suggest, spiritual-zombie hood does.”
The Daily Mirror reported that several members of the congregation were shocked and stood up and left the ceremony.
Following the mass, Brother Forde posted his homily to his blog page, but it has since been deleted.
The Mirror report they attempted to contact Brother Forde about the comments but were told by the secretary of the Capuchin Friary in Kilkenny: “He [Brother Forde] has nothing to explain. There will be no comment.”
Dublin Pride manager Eddie McGuinness reacted to the story by saying: “I’m flabbergasted. Those words are harmful, not just within the LGBT community but within society.
“So again the Catholic Church is trying to tell people how to live their lives when they should be looking internally and cleaning up what they did themselves.”