Father Thomas McBlarney, a priest at Mel Gibson's personal Catholic Church in Malibu, The Church of the Broken Family, is trying to sell the confessional Gibson frequents at the church on eBay for an undisclosed sum of money.
Taking his cue from a priest in Austria, who recently was admonished by the archdiocese in Vienna for trying to sell a used confessional on eBay to raise money for his parish, Father McBlarney decided that it was time to take advantage of the Gibson controversy and do the same thing. Only, in McBlarney's case, he wasn't going to give the money to the church.
Instead, he wanted to use it to purchase a ticket home to his beloved Ireland and reunite with his old parish. He felt that having some money in his pocket just might help his plight.
McBlarney is not worried about the fact that he may get caught by Gibson for selling the confessional. He says it is worth it. He also says that in light of Gibson's recent behavior and the way he conducts himself even in the confessional, Gibson doesn't deserve to have such a nice confessional. "As far as I'm concerned," said McBlarney, "his kind of language, confession or no confession, belongs in one place and one place only, the stall of a bathroom in a house of ill repute."
McBlarney left us with this sentiment: "Anyone can start a church, I guess, but not everyone can do it with such audacity. I'm saving a confessional. There's nothing else I can do for Mel Gibson."