For years lawyer Scott Pomfret has worshiped and worked within Boston’s St. Anthony Shrine.
And, during those years, Pomfret made no secret of his homosexuality, activism or love of erotic fiction, which he co-authors with his boyfriend (pictured).
The Shrine’s Franciscan Friars seemed to have no problem accepting Pomfret and his boyfriend, but things got sticky when Pomfret published his personal memoirs.
In those pages, entitled Since My Last Confession, Pomfret not only declares his love for the church, but asserts that some Boston-based clergy may be getting down with dudes…
The book suggests that some local clergy, who are given fictional names, are sexually active, and is mocking toward Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston. The shrine’s executive director, the Rev. David Convertino, said some people had expressed concern about the appropriateness of Pomfret’s role at the church.
“There were people who felt it was incompatible for someone to stand up publicly and say, ‘I’m a pornographer, and I’m a lector at St. Anthony Shrine,’ ” Convertino said. “There’s a public stance that he’s taking, and it seems that most of this is to sell the book.”
Thus, as a bit of punishment, the Shrine, which does not operate under the broader Archdiocese of Boston, asked Pomfret to not step down from several leadership roles, including training laymen and his position as adviser to the social justice ministries.