Denver Newsroom, Jun 24, 2021 / 14:00 pm
A Catholic parish in Ireland has reluctantly taken down a rainbow LGBT “Pride” flag that was erected last week outside the church, after an intervention from the Dublin archdiocese.
Our Lady of the Assumption parish in Ballyfermot, near Dublin, last week flew both an Irish flag and a striped rainbow flag - a common symbol of “LGBT pride” - outside the parish, during the month of June which is celebrated as “Pride Month.”
The Archdiocese of Dublin last Friday asked the parish to remove the flag due to its a policy against flying any flags on church grounds, except for national flags on appropriate occasions.
Father Adrian Egan, pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption, apologized to "all those genuine people" who expressed confusion and hurt at the raising of the Pride flag, but also to "those who were hurt" by the flag's removal.