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Fr. Fernando Báez, center in yellow, poses with drag queens in his parish in the Canary Islands.LP/ DLP

GRAN CANARIA, Spain, August 1, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A priest in the Canary Islands posed with drag queens in the sanctuary of a Catholic church after letting the men use the church rectory as a temporary dressing room.

Photos show Fr. Fernando Báez in a parish in La Breña, Gran Canaria, Spain, posing in the midst of almost a dozen garishly dressed drag queens, all of them standing directly in front of the holy altar. The photo is framed to include in the background a large cross on which is hanging a figure of Jesus. 

Gloria TV News called the photo op an “abomination.”

In Spanish, a Facebook user identified as Grego Bagon warned the priest on his social media page that he will one day have to be judged by Jesus Christ. God, warns, Bagon, will judge the priest’s “scandalous attitudes” 

Parishioners have also reportedly contacted the local bishop to demand that the priest be recalled from the parish of La Breña.

But the vicar general of Gran Canaria, Hipólito Cabrera, has reportedly kept mum about the incident with the drag queens, calling it an internal matter for the parish. 

According to news reports, there were 10 drag queens in the church, all of them taking part in a July 7 gala in the multi-purpose Narea building in nearby Telde during celebrations ostensibly in honor of Saint Joseph and the Virgin of the Pine. The drag show was called “Gala Drag Queen de Telde”

Those celebrations attracted about 350 people. Father Báez, attended that drag show as a spectator. 

The parish priest is reported to have publicly dismissed the Marian apparition upon which that celebration is based. He has also denied the existence of the Virgin of the Pine, venerated since 1481 for having appeared atop a pine on Sept. 8 of that year in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria. 

The Virgin Mary has never appeared to anyone, not in Gran Canaria, Fatima or Lourdes, Father Báez has reportedly claimed. He has apparently insisted that Our Lady only ever existed in Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Egypt – and nowhere else.