Gay Clergy in History


St Paulinus, Bishop of Nola
Saint, bishop, poet, and writer of homoerotic verses addressed to his lover Ausonius  (available in the Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse)

Seealso Rictor Norton, on Gay Love Letters

Archbishop Ralph of Tours,  Bishop John of Orleans
Noted lovers.  Before his relationship with Ralph, John was well known for his sexual affairs with other men, including another archbishop and the King of France.  Neither Pope Urban II, nor his successor, Pachal II, took action to depose either man.

Pope Julius III
Known for his life of indolence, and is said to have chased his boyfriend through the streets of Rome.

Bishop Longchamps
the bishop that Richard the Lionheart made Regent.  The line on him was that the barons would trust their daughters with him, but not their sons.  No wonder Prince John kicked him out.

Pope Julius III

Known for his life of indolence, and is said to have chased his boyfriend through the streets of Rome.

Bishop Longchamps
the bishop that Richard the Lionheart made Regent.  The line on him was that the barons would trust their daughters with him, but not their sons.  No wonder Prince John kicked him out.

Modern Era

Popes

John XXIII /John Paul I

According to Wikipedia, the french writer and gay activist Roger Peyrefitte alleged that these too, had homosexual relationships, with the allegations against JP II having “more credibility”.

Pope Paul VI

Rumours abound of the alleged homosexual afairs of Pope Paul VI.  This article is from an source obviously hostile to Vatican II and all the post-conciliar Pope’s (including the “progressivist” JP II and Bendict XVI), so should be taken  with care.  Still the, allegations seem to ome from a numer of sources, with strong substantiation .

Paul VI’s Homosexuality:  Rumour or Reality?

Cardinals

A lawsuit filed by Fr Bob Hoatson in New York back in 2006 alleges that Cardinal Egan of New York, as well as Newark Archbishop John Myers and Bishop Howard Hubb of Albany are actively homosexual.  See the New York News , or the Village Voice, for the full story on this lawsuit, and also extensive background on earlier allegations against Bishop Hubbard.

(I have not yet seen the outcome of this lawsuit. ).

An open letter to Benedict XVI by Richard Sipe about clerical abuse of children and teenagers, also makes serious allegations against Cardinal MAcArrick:

“While I was Adjunct Professor at a Pontifical Seminary, St. Mary’s Baltimore (1972-1984) a number of seminarians came to me with concerns about the behavior of Theodore E. McCarrick, then bishop of Metuchen, New Jersey. It has been widely known for several decades that Bishop/Archbishop now Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick took seminarians and young priests to a shore home in New Jersey, sites in New York, and other places and slept with some of them.”

The late Cardinal Francis Spellman of New York is widely reported to have been homosexual.

Archbishops

Archbishop Rembert Weakland retired on May 24, 2002, having reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 and amid revelations that he had paid money, out of diocesan funds, to a former graduate student Paul Marcoux, an alleged gay lover.

Archbishop Hans Hermann Groër was removed from office by John Paul II for alleged sexual misconduct involving either homosexuality or pederasty.

Archbishop Edgardo Storni of Sante Fe, Argentina resigned after allegations of sexual assaults against seminarians.

Bishops

Bishop Reginald Cawcutt, Auxiliary Bishop of Cape Town, resigned in July 2002 following allegations that he outed himself as gay on a sometimes-sexually charged Web site set up for gay priests.

Throughout 1989, Bishop Jacques Gaillot continued to cause considerable tension within the French Bishops’ Conference, to the extent that the members of the episcopate voted to censure him. This disciplinary action came after Gaillot gave an interview to the publication Lui, the French equivalent of Playboy. Furthermore, he also gave interviews to leading gay magazines and lambasted the incompetence of the Roman Catholic hierarchy to judge the circumstances of homosexuality. At this point, the bishop offered his resignation to the Pope, should he feel it necessary to remove him; no such action was taken however.

Bishop  G Patrick Ziemann resigned his post as bishop of Santa Rosa, California, in July 1999.  A lengthy article in SF Weekly disclosed that an Hispanic priest under his jurisdiction, who had been under investigation by the police for pilfering church money, had been pressured by Bishop Zietmann into regular sexual trysts. Ziemann has admitted the relationship. but says it was consensual.

Bishop Patrick Ryan of Springfield, Illinois resigned in October 1999 after numerous complaints over many years of sexual abuse of priests, and of consorting with male prostitutes.

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton has consistently been a supporter of New Ways Ministry and has also called for homosexual priests and bishops to “come out” and be truthful to themselves and others. Gumbleton has also acted as a keynote speaker at Call to Action conferences. He also wore a mitre at a church service on which were symbols of the cross, a rainbow and a pink triangle.

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