Church Would Be ‘Immeasurably Poorer’ Without Gay Priests

ROME — LGBTQ+ pro-Jesuit Father James Martin said Wednesday he has known “hundreds” of gay priests in his life as a Jesuit, responding to Pope Francis’ comments that there are too many “homosexuals” in seminaries.

“In my 25 years as a priest and 40 years as a Jesuit, I have known hundreds of holy, devout, celibate gay priests,” Father Martin said. I have written About X: “They were my superiors, my teachers, my confessors, my mentors, my spiritual directors, and my friends.”

In fact, the Society of Jesus is known to have a significant gay membership, so it is not surprising that Father Martin welcomed gay priests as his superiors, confessors, mentors, teachers and spiritual directors.

One of Martin’s Jesuit brothers estimates that about 50 percent of Jesuit members are gay.

“About half of working adults under the age of 50 walk the line between being gay and not.” I have written Jesuit priest Paul Shaughnessy said in 2002 Weekly StandardTitled “Are the Jesuits Catholic?”

“The Jesuits’ FormatterThe Jesuit priests in charge of training them are also gay.”

Martin continued, saying that for Catholics, gay priests “have celebrated Mass for you, baptized your children, heard your confessions, visited your hospitals, performed your weddings and conducted the funerals of your parents.”

“Without them the Church would be immeasurably poorer,” he concluded.

Father Martin was reacting to recent news from Italy in which Pope Francis reiterated Church teaching that men with homosexual tendencies should be barred from seminary admission and priestly ordination.

The news attracted public attention after the Pope addressed the issue in some rather sharp terms during a closed meeting with Italian bishops.

At the May 20 meeting, the 87-year-old pope said Phlosiagin In the church, it is a vulgar Italian slur that translates as “homosexuality.”

The bishops “deplore all homosexuals” [checche] “Those who have graduated from seminaries, even those who only applied halfway,” the Pope added.

The Vatican quickly apologized after the news broke, insisting that the Pope “never intended any homophobic or offensive language” but did not deny that he had made such comments.

Commenting on the news, Bill Donahue, sociologist and president of the Catholic League who wrote the landmark 2021 report, said: Book The Truth About Sexual Abuse by Clergy: Uncovering the Facts and Causes, I got it. It was reported Wednesday that most cases of sexual abuse of minors (81 percent) were perpetrated by gay priests.

The Vatican “tried to solve this problem in 2005 by banning people with ‘deep-seated homosexual tendencies’ from entering seminaries,” Donohue noted, and since then “the number of abuse cases has dropped to almost zero.”