Why Do Conversations About Gay Priests Always Focus on Celibacy?

By Francis DeBernardo      February, 2016       Bondings 2.o New Ways Ministry Newsletter on-line

As we mentioned in Tuesday’s Bondings 2.0 post, Chicago’s Fr. Michael Shanahan came out as a gay man in an article published in The Washington Post.  The article detailed both many challenging experiences that gay priests face, and it also spoke about their deep spirituality and love of ministry.  Yet, in the past two days, other news outlets have picked up on the Post’s story, but the only thing that they have focused on is the fact that Fr. Shanahan came out  in the article.
I’m happy that the idea that there are gay men in the Catholic priesthood is getting some publicity, and I applaud Fr. Shanahan’s decision 100%.  I am a little surprised that the media have jumped on this story in this particular way.

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One Comment

  1. evelyn hunt
    Posted February 29, 2016 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    What about bi-sexual folks? They seem to be left out of many discussions of these issues.

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