Catholic Priest Condemns Church Teachings As He Comes Out As Gay

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In a decision that risks his career with the Roman Catholic Church, Rev. Gary Meier announced he is gayand the author of a previously anonymous book, “Hidden Voices: Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest.”


For 15 years Meier tried operating in a church that condemns being gay as “intrinsically disordered,” until he took a leave of absence last June.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Meier has only watched the Church’s anti-gay stance harden over time.

“I have tried over the years to reconcile my silence as a gay priest with that of the Church’s increasingly anti-gay stance. I have been unsuccessful,” Meier wrote in his book. “I was hopeful that I could find a way to have integrity while remaining part of a hierarchy that is anti-gay — I was unsuccessful.”

Written By: Rebecca Leber
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  1. “Concern over gay men in the priesthood has simmered in the church for centuries, and has been heightened in recent years by claims from some Catholic scholars that 25 percent to 50 percent of priests in the United States are gay. The church has never conducted its own survey, but other experts have estimated the number to be far smaller.”

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    New York Times article

    • In reply to #1 by Leif:

      “Concern over gay men in the priesthood has simmered in the church for centuries, and has been heightened in recent years by claims from some Catholic scholars that 25 percent to 50 percent of priests in the United States are gay.

      Why would any male publicly promise never to have sex? So they can have sex with men or with children and have the respectability they are avoiding women for god. It is a closet. Celibacy scares off the heterosexuals who would blow the whistle on the dirty game. Without that vow, how could the church recruit pedophiles? Gays don’t need that closet any more. That is why recruitment has plummeted. Ironically, the church requires rampant homophobia to drive gay men to the priesthood.

      The double identity myth, so popular in comic book characters, explores this closet.

    • In reply to #2 by Relayer:

      Are you telling me that in all that time, no one figured out he was gay? Unbelieveable

      That’s the kicker. People in general do not understand that homosexuality is more than having sex. It’s a complete state of being that effects someone’s sexuality, biology, psychology, mannerisms, physicality, general interests, and more. When people realize that a toddler is gay, progress will be made. Not many want to accept this fact. I frequently think it is because accepting this fact would mean acknowledging their religion and beliefs are blatantly incorrect.

  2. Why didn’t he condemn it for the 15 years before he came out? The whole reason the church gets away with an ‘increasingly anti-gay stance’ is because so many people remain silent.

    So, he remained a priest, taking the church’s money and preaching the church’s stance on homosexuality until he finally decides that he wasn’t able to maintain his integrity? It took 15 years to realise that being gay and taking money to preach an anti-gay stance wasn’t the pinnacle of integrity? Perhaps coincidentally after his anonymous book sales presumably showed he could make a better living by coming out as a gay Catholic priest and making money on the speaking circuit.

    How many impressionable gay youths in his flock over that 15 years forcibly buried their feelings and spent years in denial and disgust with themselves over their homosexuality, unaware that the person telling them being gay is a sin was a raging hypocrite?

    I realise I’m being cynical, but this – along with the ‘atheist preacher for 10 years’ crap – leaves a bad taste in my mouth and I struggle to see any honourable actions here.

    • In reply to #5 by BenS:

      Why didn’t he condemn it for the 15 years before he came out? The whole reason the church gets away with an ‘increasingly anti-gay stance’ is because so many people remain silent.

      So, he remained a priest, taking the church’s money and preaching the church’s stance on homosexuality until he finally…

      On the link there was an image of a man holding a sign “self-hatred is not therapy.” My guess is that he spent 15 years of self-hatred so cut the guy a break. Also, priests, unlike ministers really don’t make living wages.

  3. Perhaps trying to prevent a natural human behaviour in favour of lifelong abstinence is an unreal expectation and actually encouraging priests to turn to each other or whoever is available to remain undetected ….
    If they had the right to marry many religious leaders would not face that problem, but of course people who are gay were hiding everywhere not just in the church, but especially in the church – There is no crime in being gay, or being sexual, Its religion that is hypocritical and judgemental on so many levels…

  4. So he “condemns church teachings”? What does that mean? That he thinks the church’s interpretation of the Bible is wrong, or that the belief itself is wrong?

    Either way, why would he want to continue as a priest?

    • In reply to #8 by aquilacane:

      I wonder if he only has issue with teachings that affect him personally.

      Hear! Hear! I’m always saddened by those who only see the light when someone close to them declares themselves to be gay. Suddenly these people are full of concern & empathy. What a shame they can’t project these insights to others before they have a personal connection. It happens often. I know of at least two cases myself, and I’m sure the phenomena is widespread.

  5. Is it possible that, having been brought up and indoctrinated as a Catholic, he was frightened by his own sexuality and the theological consequences he was told it would bring; so he joined the priesthood because he saw the vow of chastity as a defence against the “evil” of his own nature? – If he could not live his sexual nature, he could not sin, and therefore maintain his ticket to heaven. This would explain the apparent hypocrisy of his not having condemned the church’s stance before. His joining the priesthood may also have been an attempt to get closer to God, and try to understand why he “suffered” from this “unholy affliction”. Just another victim of the malicious bigotry of the Catholic church.

    Ironically, this gay priest does not appear to have been accused of raping boys, unlike so many of his “straight-but-celibate” peers.

    • In reply to #12 by Stew282:

      Is it possible that, having been brought up and indoctrinated as a Catholic, he was frightened by his own sexuality and the theological consequences he was told it would bring; so he joined the priesthood because he saw the vow of chastity as a defence against the “evil” of his own nature?

      I have often wondered if people see the celibate lifestyle as a way to “cure” some part of themselves that they deem sexually immoral (whether or not it actually is). Could be a reason why the church has some of the problems it does.

  6. Why does the Catholic Church mind if it’s priests are attracted to other men if they’re not allowed to have sex without being married anyway? Catholic priests aren’t supposed to have sex with anyone at all because the church doesn’t let them get married. Surely by resisiting the urge to have sex this priest is doing exactly the right thing as a Catholic?

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