Committing the Sin of Honesty

Father Bernard Lynch, 65, who should know, estimates that half the men in the Catholic priesthood arae homosexul. Lynch has paid a severeprice for being one of the few to come out and affirm his sexuality, a story recounted in his timely and insightful book, “If It Wasn’t Love: Sex, Death and God“.

Father John McNeill, 86, wrote the grounndbreaking “The Church and the Homosexual” in the 1970s and attracted international media for his assertion that gay love was moral, eventually coming out himself. His unusual and inspiring journey is the subject of a fine new documentary by Irish – American gay activist Brendan Fay, “Taking a Chance on God, ” that is making the LGBT festival circuit. It premiered in New York on June 16 at a screening sponsored by Dignity New York, the LGBT Catholic group that McNeill co-founded 40 years ago.

I worked with both priests in my own Dignity days in the late 1970’s, as a readers of Lynch’s manuscript. apppeared briefly in the McNeill documentary, and am proud to be their friends. But unlike them, I left the Catholic Church 30 years ago. Despite my own firm atheism. I have deep admiration for the lives, work, and bravery of these men of God.

-complete profile by Andy Humm at  Gay City News.

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