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Former Catholic theologian says much of the clergy is gay
Probably not welcome in the Church - a pride marcher in Rome. Photo: DPA

Former Catholic theologian says much of the clergy is gay

Published: 21 Nov 2010 14:05 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Nov 2010 14:05 GMT+01:00

Theologian David Berger, was correspondent professor for the Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas in the Vatican, where he said his academic work was watched and censored where it concerned homosexuality.

As a gay man himself, he told Der Spiegel in an interview that living among the Catholic homophobia was a nightmare.

“It must be acknowledged that a large number of Catholic clerics and trainee priests in Europe and the United States are homosexually-inclined,” he said.

He said when he was writing for theological magazines, he had to use phrases such as fornication-partner rather than life-partner, and that the neutral word homosexual could not be used, but gay men were described as perverse sodomites.

“The worst homophobia in the Catholic Church comes from homophile priests, who are desperately fighting their own sexuality,” he said.

“Obviously, those who follow their urges are repudiated more fiercely when one is so painfully repressing that disposition oneself.”

Now working as a teacher in Cologne, Berger outed himself as gay this April after the Bishop of Essen Franz-Josepf Overbeck described homosexuality as perverse and a sin during an appearance on a television chat show.

Berger’s book about his experiences within the Church The holy illusion – a gay theologian in the Catholic Church which is published this week.

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16:17 November 21, 2010 by katatinka
Stating the obvious.
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20:24 November 21, 2010 by belladons
The photo on this story says it all. Anyone who uses their sexual orientation uses it to exploit for profitable benefit.
22:07 November 21, 2010 by acb
...and here I thought TheLocal was a news site.... Next they'll report that bears 'answer nature's call' in the woods, eh?
22:56 November 21, 2010 by iseedaftpeople
come on, really?? who knew??

A bunch of unmarried men dressed in flamboyant silly costumes who never tire of telling the world how sinful homos are... and who on the other hand don't mind delighting themselves to the occasional altar boy...

The entire Catholic priesthood is one big closeted gay pride parade. Any psychiatrist specializing in sexual self-repression would have a field day. They're all so deep in the closet, they are having adventures in Narnia.

Nothing wrong with being gay, whatever floats your boat... but at least don't make everybody else's lives miserable just because you can't bring yourself to fess up to it.
04:02 November 22, 2010 by yogiman
Over the decades, priests have taken advantage of young boys for their sexual urge, and you never hear anything about it. they usually just transfer them to another location.

Virginity is not the true value of a church. Why would a person with a normal sexual desire, and a love for a spouse want to serve in a church that demanded they be virginal? I'd rather work somewhere else.
13:31 November 22, 2010 by lordkorner
iseedaftpeople is on the money,nothing to add.
14:54 November 22, 2010 by acjcjim
Slap me silly and call me Sally.

Greetings from South Jersey, USA
05:38 November 23, 2010 by el polacko
the church has always been a refuge for gay men. nobody would question why you were unmarried and childless if you decided to 'dedicate your life to god' and joined the priesthood. the only thing shocking about this story is that it's 'news' to anyone.
07:09 November 23, 2010 by vonSchwerin
"Former Catholic theologian says much of the clergy is gay"

I am shocked, shocked to hear this. It is a total surprise to me.
11:04 November 23, 2010 by mixxim
How does he know?'

You have to be queer to spout this rubbish.
19:29 November 23, 2010 by yanksavage
This is old news. Furthermore, the Church teaches that sex outside of marriage is sinful and therefore, homosexual sex is sinful. Not that homosexuals feelings are sinful. Romans and First Corinthians are two of Paul's letters that teach against homosexual sex, but it is never mentioned in the Gospels. I can't imagine that Christ had much of an issue with it if he never mentioned it Himself. Furthermore, the story of the Roman Soldier who asks Jesus to heal his 'boy servant' can be argued as compasion towards gay men since this may have been ancient wording for a gay partner. I think that Jesus is more interested in our faith and what we do with it. However, if a gay man is so absorbed in sex, he does indeed have a problem.
17:26 November 29, 2010 by Spike3
So, let me get this straight....

All the abuse has been homosexual, but it's not the homosexuality that's wrong, it's the Catholics that are the problem. Just like all the terrorists have been Muslim, but we don't want to offend them by singling out their religion or their book which commands to exterminate or convert the non-Muslim, because that would be too accurate or something.

Thanks for the biblical misquote, yanksavage, but while the PC police "may have" stuck the word "boy" in front of the word "servant" in Matthew 8, it's going out on a weak limb to claim that "may have been ancient wording for a gay partner." Since Jesus viewed the old testament as God's word, as did the Jews he lived with, your supposed ancient code would have been a ticket for stoning.

"Former Catholic theologian says much of the clergy is gay"

Suddenly 2% is 10%....

How they do love to inflate their numbers, to make it seem more "normal" in spite of no scientific support of a genetic tie, save for that spewed by psychologists and psychiatrists misinterpreting scientific data.
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