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posted Friday, January 10, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 02
Notorious anti-Gay monk excommunicated
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Notorious anti-Gay monk excommunicated

Accused Pope of heresy

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A notoriously anti-Gay monk has been excommunicated from the Catholic Church after accusing Pope Francis of being a "great heretic."

Damon Jonah Kelly was booted from the church by his superior, the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, after he wrote a scathing blog post attacking the Pope for "behaving in an ambiguous fashion towards homosexuals."

According to The Scottish Sun, Kelly was asked to take down the post. When he refused, he was excommunicated. That means he may no longer participate in the sacraments of the church or act in any official capacity.

Kelly called the punishment "extraordinary," adding that "pedophile priests who've been put in prison have never been excommunicated."

"We had enough of the bishops' silence," Kelly said. "A church that accepts homosexual relations, accepts abortions, is not Christ's church."

Kelly was referring to recent papal statements indicating that LGBT people, women who have had abortions, and civilly divorced Catholics may be eligible for church sacraments.

Kelly has a long history of anti-LGBTQ actions.

In 2014, he papered his town with leaflets declaring that AIDS was "God's punishment" for homosexuality, that transgender people should be exorcised, and that gay people are "like vampires." He pleaded guilty to a hate crime harassment charge after distributing the leaflets.

Last year, Kelly was sentenced to 250 hours of community service after sending anti-Gay hate mail to a pro-LGBTQ minister, telling the priest to "hang himself" if he wasn't going to "repent of his evil."

Kelly has described himself as a "criminal for Christ."

A church source told The Scottish Sun, "If you are launching attacks on people, saying they have no authority, that you take no direction from them, then you are more or less walking away.

"When you get to that stage, you can't be too surprised you're expelled."

Three more excommunications
Only days after Kelly was excommunicated, three religious hermits living in the Scottish island of Orkney were also thrown out of the Catholic Church. They had also called the Pope a "heretic" and said evil was "destroying" the church.

The group published their comments in an online declaration.

They also came under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles, and a spokesman for the bishop said they were warned that their post would lead to excommunication.

The group - two men who describe themselves as a priest and a monk, and a laywoman - live on the island of Westray, where they run a controversial blog in which they outline their objections to the church's stance on issues, including homosexuality.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles explained that "in April the group wrote to Bishop McGee to say they intended to withdraw their 'obedience from Pope Francis and sever communion with the Holy See.'

"The bishop advised them that their actions would incur automatic excommunication and urged them to reconsider and made several offers of dialogue, all of which were refused.

"As a result, the penalty of excommunication now applies."

In 2015 they were thrown out of a church house in Northamptonshire, England, for bringing that diocese into disrepute. At the beginning of last year, one of the group was convicted of sending homophobic abuse to an Episcopal clergyman.

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