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The Gay Sex Lives Of Irish Catholic Priests Are Exposed, Including Visits To Gay Bars

priests_adpA new book offers an intimate peek at the gay sex lives of Irish Catholic Priests. Yes, you read that correctly: The gay sex lives of Irish Catholic Priests.

In his book, Thirty-Three Good Men: Celibacy, Obedience and Identity Dr. John Weafer, a former seminarian who is now married with children, interviews more than 30 men of the cloth about life inside the church.

One of the priests he spoke to said he was in a long term gay relationship and that he was “very happy with his life as a priest and a person.”

Another priest, who goes simply by the name “Fr L,” told Weafer that it wasn’t until after he joined the priesthood that he began hooking up with guys.

“Although we both vowed it would never happen again, it did,” he said, “and I was really very confused.”

After “fumbling around” with another priest, Fr L decided to check out the local gay scene. That’s when he “discovered a strong clerical gay scene in Ireland,” although it wasn’t easy to participate in because of the need for secrecy.

He also told Weafer that there are “quite a lot of gay guys in the priesthood,” recounting a time when he walked into a gay bar in Dublin and saw least nine other priests hanging out in the bar.

“As long as priests don’t go public and don’t flaunt those actions that don’t correspond with being a celibate priest” the hierarchy will turn a blind eye, Fr L claimed.

Weafer writes that most of the men he interviewed lived celibate lives. The issue of mandatory celibacy, he says, has become a hot topic within the church in recent years. Weafer found that the majority of Irish priests were unhappy with the policy. Many of them were also “highly critical” of the fact that sexuality and, more specifically, being gay was still considered taboo in the seminary.

“If a priest was to say in the morning ‘I am gay’, he would be fired,” Weafer writes. “Priests have learned to keep their heads down.”

Since being interviewed, Fr L has abandoned the priesthood, saying he found the double standards too much to handle.

h/t: Irish Independent

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Graham Gremore is a columnist and contributor for Queerty and Life of the Law. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.