Priest Apologizes For Gay Sex Site Scandal

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Irish Catholic priest Michael Hogan won’t be standing on the pulpit this Sunday. The holy man has taken a leave of absence after the The Sun published pictures of him from the popular gay sex website, Gaydar.

In light of the revelations, Hogan released the following statement:

I apologize profoundly for the hurt and embarrassment caused to the parishioners of Feakle and Killanena-Flagmount, my bishop, fellow priests, to those who know and trust me both within and outside the church community.

I acknowledge that these are serious matters that affect me on a personal level and in my vocation and ministry. I am immediately requesting my bishop to grant me time away from my ministry so that I might deal for myself with these issues.

I would appreciate the prayers and support of those who know me at this most difficult and trying time. It is my intention not to make any further public comment at this time.

Hogan also admitted to breaking his vow of celibacy. He must have had a damn good profile.

Unfortunately, we’ll never get the chance to see that profile. Clerical Whispers reports:

His profile, this morning, has been removed from the website but there are at least 3 other priests using the site and there is a suspicion that one of them is close to becoming bishop in one of the upcoming papal appointments to a diocese here in Ireland. This does not bode well for Bishop Walsh who would be Fr Hogan’s superior, and indeed it now looks that the bishop may have some serious housecleaning to do.

Or they could just scrap that whole celibacy rule. And, of course, start accepting gay people…