IN THE LIGHT OF UESTERDAY’S BLOG ABOUT A GAY PRIEST COUPLE IN DUBLIN (APPARENTLY THERE ARE OTHERS) IS IT HYPOCRISY FOR A PRIEST TO PRETEND HE IS CELIBATE WHILE “HAVING IT OFF” WITH OTHER PRIESTS, MEN AND WOMEN?
The point was made yesterday that a priest is a private citizen. But not so. He is a very public person, performing public functions everyday and having a strong influence and power in the community he lives in.
Indeed priests basically ran Ireland from 1922 until relatively recently.
They dictated the laws and constitution and dictated public and private morality for everybody.
A priest is a public representative of the RCC and by his office he is the face of RCC teaching and beliefs.
One of those beliefs is that sex is only to be used in Catholuc marriage between a man and a woman and must be oen to procreation.
The RCC says that homosexuality is a serious disorder.
The oppose same sex marriage and refuse to recognise it.
Many homosexual men and women have been refused absolution in the confessional.
So when a bishop, priest, pastor or canon lawyer upholds those things by way of his office, how can he then feel free to engage in sex with other priests, men or women?
Is he not saying “RC sexual morality applies to you, the laity, the lowest form of church life, but it does not apply to me because I underwent ontological change”.
In fact, if we believe Amy Martin a priest has undergone two ontological changes and a bishop three!
A priest takes a public promise of celibacy – so public that it is often carried in the media.
So, after such a public proclamation how can he behave in the opposite way inside his house or on a gay beach in Spain or in a gay sauna?
Is that not the height of hypocrisy?
But it’s worse.
Of late young gay men have been entering seminary knowing that they will have public acclaim, an upper middle class lifestyle and the best sex going.
The RC priesthood has been hijacked by the gays. That is why we now say the RC priesthood is homosexualised and is now a gay profession.
A priest who wants to be sexually active should not stay in the RCC. He should leave and follow another occupation.
Or he should do what many of us have done – join a church that allows sexually active priests or become an independent priest.
Sexually active RCC priests who live a double life are hypocrites and I would question their spirituality, faith and morality.
When someone is being a hypocrite other people are entitled to call out the hypocrisy.
That’s what some Dublin priests are doing this week.