He is accused of damaging a bank’s flower-pots, but gardai have two months in which to serve the warrant before the case is called again.
Dungloe District Court was told McSorely is charged with damaging two flower pots at the Bank of Ireland in Bunbeg in the Donegal Gaeltacht.
The pots were described on the summons as the property of the manager of the bank, Marion Boyle.
McSorley, 66, of Cul Na Toinne, Magheraclogher, Bunbeg, is accused of the criminal damage offence on June 16, 2016.
The actor, who has appeared in several films and tv plays, was Fr Todd Unctious in the Fr Ted series.
It was the first time the summons appeared on Judge Paul Kelly’s list and the actor was not present in court when the case was first called.
As Inspector David Murphy said he was applying for a warrant for the actor’s arrest, defence solicitor Jacqui Sharkey asked for the case to be put back for a second call.
An hour later, when the case was called again, Ms Sharkey said she was unable to contact Mr McSorley.
Judge Kelly issued a warrant for the actor’s arrest and told Ms Sharkey she could arrange with gardai for it to be served with discretion.
He adjourned the hearing to September 13.