Robinson Led Secret Gay Priest Retreat

Openly gay Anglican Bishop Gene Robinson got a bit sneaky with some Catholic priests a few years back:

Robinson said he led a confidential retreat a few years ago for gay Roman Catholic priests.

Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church and world Anglican Communion, said the Catholic priest group that organized the meeting had invited him to attend.

About 75 Catholic clergy from around the U.S. participated without notifying their bishops or provincial leaders, Robinson said.

Robinson wouldn’t disclose details of this mens’ weekend, but did reveal that he urged them to fight for women’s rights within the priesthood: “I believe that if you work for the ordination of women in your church, you will go a long way toward opening the door for the acceptance of gay priests.”