Cases of Two Priests Illustrate the Hierarchy’s Inadequacy of Dealing With Gay Clergy | Bondings 2.0

Two cases involving Catholic priests reveal the inadequacy of the hierarchy’s methods of dealing with gay priests.

First, parishioners in Northern Ireland are standing beside a local priest placed on leave after it was found that he was using a gay dating app.

Fr. Rory Coyle “posted a series of comments and pictures of himself” on the app Grindr earlier this year, reported Irish News. His presence on the app became known and, in March, Coyle notified parishioners he would be taking a leave of absence. That leave has since been extended for the priest to “engage in a period of personal discernment and receive further help,” according to the Archdiocese of Armagh’s spokesperson. There are no reports that Coyle violated any laws.

Coyle had been heavily involved in the Armagh community where he ministered, including serving on the board of governors for a Catholic school, as chaplain to St. Catherine’s College, and as a member of the local Gaelic Athletic Association. Community members have risen to his defense.

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