My name is Richard Wagner, Ph.D. and I am the author of Secrecy, Sophistry And Gay Sex In The Catholic Church: The Systematic Destruction Of An Oblate Priest
For centuries homosexuals have been vilified and persecuted by the Catholic Church, but throughout all of its history the Church has had a very inconvenient secret. Many of its clergy and religious men and women, even those in the highest echelons of the Church, were and are homosexual. Little was known of the lives these religious people live until the publication of the groundbreaking, Gay Catholic Priests; A Study of Cognitive and Affective Dissonance, in 1981. (You can purchase the book HERE: http://tinyurl.com/7vh462l)
I am the author of that study and I am a gay priest. But the media firestorm that erupted after its publication and the backlash within my religious community because of its publication eventually destroyed my public priesthood.I want to share the story of my 13-year battle with the Church to save my ministry, because it exemplifies the spiritual isolation, emotional distress and ecclesiastical reprisals every gay priest fears most.
I hope this new site will become a clearinghouse for news and information about gay clergy worldwide. I hope to have a social media component added soon. This will be a safe and secure place where individuals will be able to create profiles, share their stories and form ALLIANCES, find SUPPORT and involve themselves in ACTIVISM.
The Pope's inbox: Top priorities for Benedict's successor — http://wp.me/p1O9Ep-Ms
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Well good luck to you sir! — http://wp.me/p1O9Ep-Mm
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LGBT Stations of the Cross — http://wp.me/p1NN12-7S
gaycatholicpriests.org Mary Button is the creator of the Stations of the Cross: The Struggle for LGBT Equality. Congregations and faith groups are encouraged to use these stations during the Lenten season for prayer and ...
Vatican department shares Rome palazzo with gay sauna — http://wp.me/p1O9Ep-Mg
blog.gaycatholicpriests.org A historic palazzo in Rome that houses a key Vatican department is also the home of a well-known gay sauna. The Holy See paid 20m euros (£17.5m) in 2008 for around 20 apartments in the building for...
Cleveland priest excommunicated for role in breakaway worship community — http://wp.me/p1O9Ep-Mb
blog.gaycatholicpriests.org By Brian Roewe Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon has issued a decree formally excommunicating Fr. Robert Marrone, the pastor who followed his parishioners from St. Peter Church to the independent wor...
Conclave: the secretive end to unannounced campaigns — http://wp.me/p1O9Ep-M6
blog.gaycatholicpriests.org By Tom Heneghan The conclave to pick a Roman Catholic pope is the dramatic final stage of a secretive election process that quietly began weeks, months or even years ago. Some of the 115 cardinals ...
Vatican spokesman brings flowers as women's second-class status in church comes under scrutiny — http://wp.me/p1O9Ep-M2
blog.gaycatholicpriests.org BY NICOLE WINFIELD The Vatican's spokesman came to his press briefing Friday bearing flowers for female journalists to mark International Women's Day. "On behalf of all of us men, congratulations a...
Church's two-faced attitude to gays cruel — http://wp.me/p1O9Ep-LX
blog.gaycatholicpriests.org By Fintan O'Toole A few years ago, I was on a studio-based television show. One of my fellow guests was a reasonably well-known Catholic priest. He was in a buoyant, perhaps reckless mood, pepped u...
Unfit for purpose and in denial: a church that has lost all authority — http://wp.me/p1O9Ep-LV
blog.gaycatholicpriests.org As a matter of urgency, the new pope must extend the gift of marriage to all priesthood candidates. Failure to do that will mean, in less than a generation, a priesthood comprised solely of social ...
Roman Catholic leaders need to get rid of their groupthink — http://wp.me/p1O9Ep-LS
blog.gaycatholicpriests.org By Lisa Miller Recent events prompt a stating of the obvious. The Roman Catholic Church is not now, nor has it ever been, a democracy. It values neither free speech nor freedom of the press. Its le...
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