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

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A new book by former seminarian Dr John Weafer has revealed that there is a strong gay scene among priests in the Irish Catholic Church, reports the Independent.

Thirty-Three Good Men: Celibacy, Obedience and Identity analyses priests' views on sexuality based on a series of interviews conducted by Weafer, who is now married with children.

One of the interviewees, identified as “Fr L”, reveals that it was only after he was ordained in the 1990s that he ended up having sex with another priest.

After "fumbling around" with another priest, Fr L "discovered a strong clerical gay scene in Ireland.” He added that there are "quite a lot of gay guys in the priesthood" and on one occasion he recognized at least nine priests when he visited a gay bar in Ireland.

According to Weafer, the church hierarchy in Ireland would not be shocked by such revelations because there is an awareness of what is going on. He claims that “as long as priests don't go public and don't flaunt those actions that don't correspond with being a celibate priest" the church turns a blind eye.

Pope Francis recently came under attack from conservative bishops following attempts to introduce language to Catholic doctrine that is more accepting of gay people.

Ireland is expected to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage early next year

Last year, Italian news outlets claimed to have uncovered a hook-up site for gay priests.

Yesterday, Catholic bishops released a document explaining the church’s opposition to extending marriage rights to gay couples


Irish Catholic Bishops Release Manifesto Opposing Same-Sex Marriage

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In preparation for an expected referendum on same-sex marriage early next year, the Catholic Church in Ireland has issued a 16-page statement warning that gay marriage would be a “grave injustice,” reports The Journal.

“The Meaning of Marriage,” issued by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, aims to inform Catholics “in preparation for the debate which will inevitably unfold during the coming referendum.”

The document argues that “marriage provides for the continuation of the human race and the development of human society” and to extend marriage rights to gay couples would “undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society.”

Safe_imageIgnoring single and LGBT parents, it states “children have a natural right to a mother and a father.”

At the launch of the document yesterday, unmarried celibate Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran said:

“Marriage is, of its nature, a committed relationship between a man and woman which is open to the transmission of life.”

Speaking at a conference organized by anti-gay Catholic activist group the Iona Institute, Doran claimed that the church’s opposition to gay marriage is “not about homosexuality or the gay lifestyle, it is about the meaning of marriage.” Bock the Robber provides an excellent investiagtion into the Iona institute here.

Earlier this week, Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny visited a gay bar in Dublin to support his party's LGBT group.

Watch Armagayddon, a video about the potential absolute horror of marriage equality reaching Ireland, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Irish Bishop Says Opposition to Marriage Equality Has Nothing to Do With 'The Gay Lifestyle' - VIDEO

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Irish bishop Kevin Doran has said that his opposition to same-sex marriage is “not about homosexuality or the gay lifestyle, it is about the meaning of marriage”, reports the Irish Times.

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Doran, the bishop of Elphin since July and Secretary General of the Eucharistic Congress 2012, made his comments during a talk organized by anti-gay activist group the Iona Institute on “Marriage and the Common Good.” Members of the Iona Institute sued state broadcaster RTE earlier this year after drag performer Panti Bliss accused them of homophobia.

Doran, an unmarried celibate, warned the Irish government that legalizing same-sex marriage would remove “the unique relationship between marriage and procreation.”

Opening what is likely to be an unpleasant debate with a hysterical suggestion that marriage equality will lead to people marrying their pet hamsters, Doran said:

“Since [procreation] is probably the principal reason for the State to have any interest in regulating marriage ... why bother regulating it at all? One might even ask, why in that case would the State restrict marriage to two people? What, in the final analysis, is the difference between a ‘sexual friendship’ (in which the State has no interest) and a marriage?”

Ignoring the realities of day-to-day life and insulting same-sex families into the bargain, he added:

“As they mature, children benefit from the love and care of both mother and father, and from their parents’ committed and exclusive love for each other. Unlike friendships, which vary in kind and degree and formality, marriage ... has enough objective structure, apart from the spouses’ preferences, to be legally regulated.”

Watch Doran talk about preparations for the 2012 Eucharistic Conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

A referendum on same-sex marriage is expected in Ireland early next year.  Doran’s comments are likely to be seen as an opening salvo in the Catholic church’s opposition.

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Thousands Register To Vote Ahead Of Irish Referendum On Same-Sex Marriage - VIDEO

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Following a drive supported by Colin Farrell, comedian and television presenter Dara Ó Briain and Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny, thousands of people have registered to vote in Ireland ahead of the country’s expected referendum on same-sex marriage, reports Pink News.

Yes Equality, a joint effort by various groups, was set up to encourage young and disenfranchised people to register to vote amid fears that voter apathy and vocal religious groups could combine to see the referendum - expected in early 2015 - rejected.

A campaign by the Union of Students in Ireland estimated that an extra 20,000 students have since registered to vote.

Although the deadline for registration passed on Tuesday, there will be another chance to register for the referendum nearer the time.

Tiernan Brady of Yes Equality said:

Brady“The response from people right across the country has been amazing. Tens of thousands have registered to vote and thousands more have joined Yes Equality. The positive reaction bodes well for turnout at the upcoming referendum on civil marriage equality in 2015.

“But registering to vote is only the first step. Next year will be a once-in-a-generation moment. The critical decisions about our futures are made by those who not only are registered, but who make their voices heard on polling day.

“There will be a further opportunity to register to vote once the date of the referendum is called.

“Between now and then, it is up to the tens of thousands of people energised by our voter initiative to begin the conversation with friends, families and loved ones as to why making their voices heard on polling day is so important.”

Watch BeLonG To's "It's In Your Hands" voter registration ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Finnish Parliament Votes 105-92 in Favor of Marriage Equality - VIDEO

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In a vote of 105-92, Finland’s Parliament today approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriages, reports Yle.

Parliamentary Speaker Eero Heinäluoma tightened security ahead of the vote, calling for calm on what has been a polarising subject both inside and outside the chamber. However there were no reports of disruptive behaviour - with one Yle correspondent describing the scene as having a Carnival-like atmosphere.

The reform will force wide-ranging changes in other legislation, which will take well over a year to finalise. The law will therefore not take effect until 2016 at the earliest.

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The Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee had recommended the bill be rejected, arguing that allowing same-sex marriage might make adoption from abroad more difficult, particularly from neighboring Russia. Previously, the Legal Affairs Committee had blocked the law on two occasions.

160,000 people signed a petition in favor of the legislation and a majority of party leaders - including National Coalition Prime Minister Alexander Stubb - signaled their support for same-sex marriage.

Finland is the last of the Nordic countries to legalize same-sex marriage.

Watch "18 Nonsensical Statements by Finnish MPs Against Equal Marriage" - which includes the usual guff about how same-sex marriage discriminates against straight people - AFTER THE JUMP...

In July, the Archbishop of Finland’s Evangelical Lutheran Church apologized for the cruel treatment of gay people and other sexual minorities.

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Alliance Defending Freedom Tome Ramps Up Fear Of Christian Persecution - READ

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Ramping the fear-mongering up a notch, anti-gay litigation group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has produced a 44-page tome that attempts to convince churches that laws preventing businesses from discriminating against gay customers are actually part of a wider aim to “compel Christians to accept, endorse, and even promote an ideology and behavior that violates their faith.”

ADF is one of a number of organizations and individuals involved in promoting harmful anti-gay laws abroad, as exposed by Human Rights Campaign’s Export of Hate report. ADF book 2

According to ADF, the new book Protecting Your Ministry aims to help churches prepare “for the legal intrusions and onslaughts that have already engulfed some of your fellow believers and Christian leaders around the country.”

It argues that “those advocating for homosexual behavior and transgender ideology will eventually target anyone who blocks the path of their political progress – including you and your ministry.”

Helpfully, it also provides a step-by-step “action plan” on how to deal with “marriage counterfeits and those advocating for complete sexual license.”

The book then goes on to profile a number of cases in which anti-gay business owners faced litigation for refusing to work with same-sex couples, including Robert and Cynthia Gifford, the owners of Liberty Ridge Farm in New York.

To make it clear that ADF doesn’t really hate gay people, the book concludes with a message of hope and inclusion:

“Preparing yourselves legally will give your group or institution greater freedom to continue presenting the Gospel clearly and effectively to your community – and that freedom may well make an eternal difference for lost and hurting souls all around you.”

ADF just wants to help you to see the error of your ways.

Read the book, if you can stand it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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