Religion A Feakle Matter
posted by May 23 at 12:00 PMon
This headline on an Irish newspaper’s website caught my eye:
Clare priest ‘deeply ashamed’ by gay-website photos
So I clicked through my “priests behaving badly” Google Alert to the story itself. Good times…
A Co Clare Priest has put in a request for time away from his parish after photographs of him, allegedly from a gay website, were published in a tabloid newspaper.
Fr Michael Hogan today issued a statement acknowledging he breached his vow of celibacy, and has apologised to locals in the East Clare parish of Feakle. Fr Hogan said he was “deeply ashamed” at revelations concerning his use of a gay website in the Sun newspaper today, and his indiscretions in relation to his vow.
There’s nothing shocking about Catholic priests violating their vows of celibacy, of course, but I may never recover from the shock of Feakle Parish. I about fell off my chair. I mean, how perfect is that? If Charles Dickens wrote gay porn he’d set it in Feakle parish.
But one aspect of this story disappoints. Was this Feakle priest hot? Did he have an easy time finding someone to come up and see him sometime in Feakle? Or did he have to leave Feakle parish to get a little action? We need a pic, Irish editors, to make that call. I’d go find ‘em myself but there are four hundred papers called “the Sun” in Ireland and the UK. Am I supposed to go search ‘em all? Gee, thanks loads.
I’m thinking “Feakle parish” needs to enter the lexicon with lower-case santorum. I shall now use it in a sentence: “Last night my boyfriend and I visited Feakle parish. Luckily there was no santorum.”
UPDATE: Still no pictures of Fr Hogan. But a little web surfing took me to the Limerick Blogger. TLB reports that the good parishioners of Feakle have come out in support of their dirty-pic-postin, vow-of-celibacy-breachin’ priest. Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about Feakle. Feakle hosts an annual Feakle Festival in Feakle, and it’s coming up. And you too can own a little piece of Feakle.
UPDATE 2: Still no pictures of Feakle’s naughty priest. But I did find a picture of Pepper’s Bar in downtown Feakle…
…where you’re welcome to come up to the bar push up a stool.