They are not saints. Lawrence, a Roman Catholic seminary for teenage boys training to become priests. Memoirs of a Bastard AngelW. Vanity Fair. Standard procedure was to line up the patrons, check their identification, and have female police officers take customers dressed as women to the bathroom to verify their gender, upon which any men dressed as women would be arrested.
With whom do you have a relationship that would be a healthy human relationship?
Nicole Dennis-Benn. Some of the gay priests I spoke with acknowledged lapses but insisted that, in consultation with their spiritual directors and superiors, they chose celibacy when the choice became impossible to ignore or avoid. In spite of a call by Lord Tebbitt that homosexuals be banned from sensitive ministries like the Home Office, even the Conservative Party has refused to score points on the issue, reflecting the desire of its leader, William Hague, to soften the party's image and reach out to minority groups.
He reiterated the distinction between sins and crimes and, while denouncing abuse, did not insist on sexual perfection in the priesthood, as long as failures were confessed, sins absolved, and the priest was committed to a future of celibacy.