On changing mandatory celibacy: We must be careful what we wish for

National Catholic Reporter
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March 1, 2013
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As we push for the lifting of mandatory celibacy, we must be aware that a change that could appear to be "progress" could have a dark side, especially for gay priests. It is true that in its current state, the priesthood can act as a refuge for gay men who want to avoid their sexualities. But simply opening up the priesthood to married men could also eventually make the priesthood a domain for married heterosexuals only.

Lifting celibacy runs the risk of creating a climate in which gay priests are driven from the church, similar to the way Benedict XVI attempted to drive gays from the seminaries back in 2005.

Many eyes are on the Roman Catholic Church as it goes through its leadership transition. You can see GLAAD's commentary on the scapegoating of gay priests and what the papal transition means for LGBT people.