Ex-President of Ireland: Some Catholic priests are gay, get over it

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - APRIL 04: Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin host a ceremonial welcome and tree planting at Aras an Uachtarain, the official residence of the President of Ireland, during a State visit by His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancee Charlene Wittstock on April 4, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Mary McAleese has waded into a row within the country’s national Catholic seminary after a scandal with using gay dating apps. The former President is Catholic. At the same time she is pro-LGBT and sees no paradox in it.

In her interview to Irish Times she revealed: “We have the phenomenon of men in the priesthood who are both heterosexual and homosexual but the church hasn’t been able to come to terms with the fact that there are going to be homosexuals in the priesthood, homosexuals who are fine priests. They haven’t been able to come to terms with that because the teaching of my church, the Catholic Church, tells them that homosexuality is, of its nature, intrinsically disordered – those are the words of Pope Benedict and that homosexual acts are, in his words, evil. I am just worried that the Maynooth controversy seems to be concentrating on the wrong things. A seminary should be a place where people feel welcomed, not somewhere where they feel policed – after all, there are young people who haven’t yet taken a vow of celibacy.” Saying briefly, the church officials should make up their minds with that fact that there are gay Catholic priests.

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