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Fr Mark's progressive Anglo-Catholic take on European Christianity

  • This is my collection of material about the current state of the churches in Europe. I am interested in looking at how they are dealing with the pressing issues of our time: the issues of gay people and women in ministry/ leadership are particularly pressing at the moment, as is the area of declining church attendance.

    I would like to see how Europe's traditional religious institutions are coping with the new Europe currently being forged, in which public opinion and ethical attitudes are becoming inceasingly pan-European, and are evidently presenting a series of strong challenges for the churches.

Germany – the gay issue

Posted by Fr Mark on November 26, 2010

German theologian says Catholic Church homophobia ’caused by gay priests’

From PinkNews, 22.11.10

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2010/11/22/german-theologian-says-catholic-church-homophobia-caused-by-gay-priests/

A German theologian claims that homophobia in the Catholic Church is caused by gay priests who cannot be open about their sexuality.

David Berger, an expert on St Thomas Aquinas and former publisher of a Catholic magazine, told a German publication that the Vatican needs to admit it has many gay clergy.

He told Der Spiegel magazine:“It must be acknowledged that a large number of Catholic clerics and trainee priests in Europe and the United States are homosexually-inclined.

“The worst homophobia in the Catholic Church comes from homophile priests, who are desperately fighting their own sexuality,” he said.

“Obviously, those who follow their urges are repudiated more fiercely when one is so painfully repressing that disposition oneself.”

Mr Berger, who is gay, grew up in the church but came out last April. He has spoken about suffering for years in the church’s homophobic atmosphere.

Now a secondary school teacher, he is publishing a book about his experiences in Catholicism this week, titled Der heilige Schein, or The Holy Illusion.

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