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IRELAND, August 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Ireland’s Prime Minister has said he hopes to challenge Pope Francis on homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” when he visits Ireland for the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families later this month.  

The emerald Isle’s current Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, is an openly gay man with a male partner, who has used his position as a national leader to promote gay issues on the international stage.

When asked at a recent press briefing what he might say to the Pope about the absence of gay families during the promotion of the upcoming World Meeting of Families (WMF), Varadkar said he would express “our views as a society and a government that families come in all sorts of different forms and that includes families that are… by same-sex parents and other families as well,” according to a report by The Journal.

The question concerned gay activists’ continuing outrage over the removal of images of same-sex couples as well as pro-homosexual texts from a reissued booklet created by the country's bishops to prepare Catholic families for the WMF in Dublin.

While the Irish Bishops offered no official explanation at the time for the revisions to the WMF booklet, The Irish Times, Irish Independent, and the German Catholic bishops website attributed the deletion of pro-LGBT images and text to a LifeSiteNews article critical of their inclusion in the booklet’s original edition.  

In October, LifeSiteNews reported that the booklet contained, “a picture of two lesbians on a bridge clinging intimately to one another,” and text that contained “explicit promotion of homosexual relationships as a form of family.”

Varadkar also said that the reception at “Dublin Castle may be very short but, first of all, I will want to welcome him to Ireland. And, if the opportunity arises, I will certainly want to express to him the real concerns Irish people have in relation to the legacy of the past, in relation to issues such as the church’s involvement in Magdalene laundries, mother-and-baby homes, and sexual and physical abuse.”

Earlier this year, the Irish Prime Minister marched at the head of New York City’s 257th St. Patrick’s Day Parade, wedged between his homosexual partner, Matt Barrett, and pro-LGBT Democrat Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo as they paraded up the city’s famous Fifth Avenue.

Last year Varadkar was the first head of state to march alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal’s Gay Pride Parade.

Ireland is the first country in the world to legalize both same-sex “marriage” and abortion by popular vote.  

“Ireland was one of the most Catholic countries in the world,” lamented Cardinal Raymond Burke in an interview last June, “and today it is one of the most secularized.”


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