Sorry if this offends anyone, but you know the old saying - you can take the gurl outta da Bronx, but you can't take da Bronx outta the gurl . . .
On The Curt Jester, I read the story about Scott Gale, as well as at the Lair of the Catholic Caveman - no, I am NOT going to call him "Reverand" or "Father" - who decided to quit being a priest. That's nor what upsets me. In fact, in my own family we've got some ex-priests, some of which properly went to their Bishop and asked to be laicized. But now, Scott felt he could not leave order of Melchizidek without first making sure his congregation knew that (a) he was gay, and (b) he could no longer remain celibate but instead just has to get out there and fulfill his "longing for a loving relationship." Worse yet, he ambushes his congregation with this tidbit o' fun.
Sorry, folks, I know I baptized your babies and buried your dead, and some of you are here because of your genuine longing to be with Christ and to live your lives in the Imitation of Him, but all of that takes second place to the fact that I need a man.
No, that's not a direct quote from ol' Scott, but what he chose to do was to make his ambo a bully pulpit and let people know he was leaving because he could no longer lead a celibate life. Hellooooooooo, TMI!!! And why? Because the Church "does not accept and value my sexual orientation."
Well, guess what, bucko - it never has. And you knew this coming into the game.
But, okay, maybe you thought you could handle the conflict and then found out you could not - just as a straight priest finds himself in a situation where he just can't her out of his mind and wants to opt for the other Sacrament of service, Holy Matrimony (I done been married 10 years - hell, yes, it IS a Sacrament of service, and of compromise). Leave with some dignity, wontcha? Don't use the occasion to condemn the Church for not accepting (which is vastly different from tolerating) your homosexual nature.
Scott Gale, I pray for your soul but that does not mean I cannot be angry with you - as we said back in the 'hood, Norwood (St. Brendan's parish) . . . ah, get bent.