Daily Archives: November 21, 2010

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Rarely have the facts been in less dispute.

Former Catholic Theologian Says Much of The Clergy is Gay

What’s with the “Much”? Shouldn’t that be “Virtually All”?

“The former publisher of a conservative Catholic magazine has claimed that a large share of Catholic clergy is gay, and called for the Church to change its homophobic attitude and teaching.”

A tall order. But only yesterday Il Papa said to wear your rubbers, so. . .

“Theologian David Berger, was correspondent professor for the Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas in the Vatican, where he said his academic work was watched and censored where it concerned homosexuality.”

Quelle surprise.

“As a gay man himself, he told Der Spiegel in an interview that living among the Catholic homophobia was a nightmare.”

No shit, Sherlock.

“It must be acknowledged that a large number of Catholic clerics and trainee priests in Europe and the United States are homosexually-inclined,” he said.

It also must be acknowledged that water is wet.

“He said when he was writing for theological magazines, he had to use phrases such as fornication-partner rather than life-partner, and that the neutral word homosexual could not be used, but gay men were described as perverse sodomites.”

Talk about “No Homo”!

“The worst homophobia in the Catholic Church comes from homophile priests, who are desperately fighting their own sexuality,” he said.

FS

“Obviously, those who follow their urges are repudiated more fiercely when one is so painfully repressing that disposition oneself.”

Here’s a key sequence from the film Priest, whose 1994 release causes a hue and cry of massive proportions by the usual suspects.

Isn’t Linus Roache lovely?

“Now working as a teacher in Cologne, Berger outed himself as gay this April after the Bishop of Essen Franz-Josepf Overbeck described homosexuality as perverse and a sin during an appearance on a television chat show.

Berger’s book about his experiences within the Church The holy Illusion – a gay theologian in the Catholic Church which is published this week.”

We’ll look for it.

And we’ll also keep an eye peeled for prelates when they show up at The White Party.

WP

Clearly they would feel right at home.

And who among us wouldn’t fancy a little priest?