Members of the Syro-Malabar Catholic community in Ireland are demanding that church authorities ostracize an Indian priest who compared autistic children to wild animals, according to The Irish Times.
Syro-Malabar believers also called on the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to ban Kerala-based Dominic Valanmahal from entering the country.
“This kind of personality should not be allowed to do any more harm to the people living in Ireland,” said a member of the group interviewed by the Times.
Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is among those agitating against Valanmahal, who had been invited to conduct a retreat at the Syro Malabar Catholic Church in Tallaght in October.
“Why does this generation have autism and hyperactivity? That is to say, mentally retarded children are in abundance. Adultery, masturbation, homosexuality, porn, if you are addicted to these, I say to you in the name of God. . .when you get married and have children, there is a high possibility of bearing these type of children,” Valanmahal said in a video that was widely distributed on the internet.
“They lead an animal-like life. They copulate like animals. They bear children like animals. Therefore those children also, will be like animals,” added the priest, who also claimed to have cured an autistic child on his previous visit to Ireland.
The Syro-Malabar church has close to 4,000 members in Ireland and more than 9 places of worship in Dublin.