Hunky Jesus Contest: Sexy or Sacrilege? A Gay Catholic Priest Weighs In

By any ordinary definition of sacrilege as “the injurious treatment of a sacred object,” then the Hunky Jesus competition is a sacrilege. And while the competition should certainly be legal, at the same time, I hope the participants consider the feelings of people who are offended; just as we should be concerned about the feelings of Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Jews in matters that are sacred to them.

However, in this Easter season, when Christians like myself celebrate the risen Jesus, I find myself asking if Jesus himself is not much more concerned by sacrileges such as war, hunger, poverty, homophobia, prejudice against women and immigrants. Those of us who call ourselves Christian need to be humble lest we end up throwing the first stone on such an issue.

— Father Donal Godfrey told Queerty exclusively in a response to the whole Andrew Sullivan versus the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence debacle. Father Godfrey is perhaps the most prominent gay activist Catholic priest in the world. His book, Gays and Grays: The Story of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church makes the case that the Castro’s MHR is no longer a Catholic Church but a gay spiritual institution.

Now check out the pics from this year’s Hunky Jesus and let us know, sexy or sacrilege?