Gay men make better priests

From Last Rites:

The great mystery of the twentieth-century liberal catholic era [in the Church of England] is not just that it was so gay-friendly – with gentle-spirited liberal catholics in charge, that was virtually inevitable – but that it was so heavily gay-populated as well.

On reflection it does make sense. For the life-long bachelor, the ordained ministry of the church used to offer a life with structure and purpose. It offered a network of collegiality, mutual support and even intimacy, in the parish and in the priesthood. According to the classic catholic model, the demands of the priestly role are in any case incompatible with marriage: priests are invited to be married to the church instead.

And as the opposite has so often been said, let us seriously consider the possibility that gay people actually make better priests: they have a more objective outsider’s perspective on mainstream society; free from the demands of childcare and a modern marriage they have more to give to the life of the church; they have generally had to think more seriously than most about some fundamental life choices; and they have usually experienced suffering and rejection before finding in their faith a sense of redemption – a valuable path for any priest to have walked.

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See also:
Lay people are better Christians
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