Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan is demanding answers from the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) in Galway after it dished out thousands of euro to fund a permanent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender resource centre there.
The grant to LGBT Galway, €45,000 over three years, was approved by the society’s Maureen O’Connell Fund as a contribution to a full-time resource centre which Galway City Council has pledged to provide.
A spokesman for the SVP told The Irish Catholic that the decision was endorsed by the society’s National Management Council as providing support for an “excluded and marginalised group in need of support”.
He claimed this was “consistent with the SVP mission statement to support social justice initiatives.
“It is also a key element of the SVP Christian ethos to be non-judgmental when its assistance is sought,” he said.
Galway diocesan spokesman Fr Sean McHugh confirmed that Bishop Drennan had made contact with the SVP to seek further clarity on the issue.
“We want to keep in mind the good work that the St Vincent de Paul does throughout the country. We don’t know the full facts of the story yet,” he said.
The SVP spokesman, however, was keen to point out that the funds were allocated on the basis of need and did not signify any ulterior purpose.