Priest comes out as gay and everything’s just fine

Priest comes out as gay and everything’s just fine

In a classic case of the narcissism that characterizes homosexuality, a priest in Louisiana came out of the closet to his parish, saying he’s gay, but celibate. So why was this necessary? If Fr. Jim Morrison is gay, but celibate (but is he chaste?) what bearing should it have on his parish, unless he’s trying to say something about the Church’s teaching? In fact, the Church’s teachings on homosexuality and on chastity and celibacy of priests has not changed a whit since the day this guy was ordained, so the fact that he’s coming out now shows that he’s like the other priests who’ve come out since the Instruction was issued.

Here’s where the narcissism comes in:

As pastor, Morrison told the congregation, “I ask you constantly to trust me. I ask you come to me with your life, all the blessings, all the struggles.”

“But it’s not a one-way street,” he said.

Since when does a priest bring his troubles and struggles before his congregation? When I was a kid, if my dad had come to me to talk about struggles with sexuality, I’d have freaked out. Come to think of it, I’d freak out if he did it now. If the priest wants to talk about his personal life struggles, he talks to his spiritual director, his therapist, his brother priests, or even his bishops. What the congregation needs is not wishy-washy whining from the pulpit about the difficulties or glories of being a gay priest.

Bishop okay with it

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Domenico Bettinelli
  • Doesn’t surprise me much about being vocations director.  Very common, I believe.  Vocation filtering mechanisms are less common than they used to be, but I’m not naive enough to think they’re all gone.  Even smaller dioceses, like the one I’m in, have had a few brushes with them in the past—70s & 80s.

    As for this priest, he’s trying to get as much sympathy as possible.  And it might work with some people, sorry to say.

  • it sure is a disorder

    Right and the disorder in his personality is evident in what he just did.

    As far as the diocese is concerned, what should they say publicly? He is a priest. As long as he stays chaste, he can remain a priest, gay or not.

    Are they really suppose to say the truth to the public here, that 1) it was a mistake to ordain him and 2) his behavior in this matter is immature, narcissistic and unworthy of a priest? These things are true but not prudent to say publicly. The first was just stated in a general way by the Vatican document. The second should be a private matter between the priest and his bishop and should affect his future assignments.

  • They could say, “It is imprudent for a priest to use the homily during Mass to discuss his sex life. He has been reprimanded by the bishop. Incidentally a new pastor has been assigned by the bishop.”

  • As has happened on other blogs addressing this situation, it is a misrepresentation to say he shared this information during his homily.  He wrote a letter to his parishioners after the letter was approved by his Bishop.  Is it still TMI?  IMHO, yes, but at least he didn’t abuse his homily time.

  • Actually, it came out on other blogs and comboxes (at least on Mark Shea’s, which I participated in) that the article Dom and Mark linked to wasn’t clear.

    But it has also come out since at Shea’s combox that this much-more-extensive article from the local paper (the TV station article looks like a shortened version of it) makes it clear (1) that Father Morrison used the homily; and (2) that Father was doing it, at least in part, as some kind of “protest” against The Document.

    For the record, I think parts of The Document is nonsense on stilts and am quite sympathetic to the substance of what Father says. But the Mass, of which the homily as a part, is not the time for that kind of Rainbow-Sash-worthy exhibitionism.

  • After reading your link, CourageMan, you are correct…it is at best ambiguous as to what was said where…and of course, I agree that homily time—or any part of the Mass—is not appropriate for this sort of talk-show couch therapy.  Thank you for the additional information…I was just concerned that the priest would get flogged for something it didn’t appear he had done.