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Ireland: Nine Catholic priests ‘spotted in gay bar’

Nick Duffy November 28, 2014

New research has shed light on the “large gay scene” within the Irish Catholic Church.

Dr John Weafer’s new book ‘Thirty-Three Good Men: Celibacy, Obedience and Identity’ makes public a range of secret interviews with 33 priests about their sex lives.

One priest, ‘Fr C’ – admitted to being in a long-term gay relationship. Dr Weafer said he was “very happy with his life as a priest and a person”.

Another, known as ‘Fr L’, admitted to hooking up with a fellow priest after being ordained, before discovering the Church’s gay scene.

According to the Irish Independent, Fr L said: “Although we both vowed it would never happen again, it did and I was really very confused.

“[I] discovered a strong clerical gay scene in Ireland… [there’s] quite a lot of gay guys in the priesthood.”

He added that on one occasion, he had recognised as many as nine fellow priests in a gay bar.

Dr Weafer said: “As long as priests don’t go public and don’t flaunt those actions that don’t correspond with being a celibate priest [the Church turns a blind eye].

“If a priest was to say in the morning ‘I am gay’, he would be fired. Priests have learned to keep their heads down.”

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