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  •  I've always figured (4+ / 0-)

    that priests having sex with each other is considered acceptable to the church. Don't ask, don't tell. They can then come clean by confessing to each other, AND officially be prohibited from speaking of it to others. Rinse and repeat. No scandals, no harm, no one need know.

    The troublesome "worldly" encounters risking exposure and scandal are the ones with non-priestly gay men, adult women and of course children.

    •  They can't confess and absolve each other. (2+ / 0-)
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      I believe this is forbidden.  I've been reading depos of bishops at bishhopaccountability.org.  Jeff Anderson, a leading plaintiffs' attorney, asked that very question, and the bishop who was being deposed said it was not allowed.

    •  I once had a priest rationalize it to me using (8+ / 0-)

      the Bill Clinton defense way before Bubba used it. It's not sex! It went something to the effect that sex with a woman was not allowed for reasons of love and procreation blah, blah, blah. But it's ok to suck on a guy because there's no love and therefore it's not sex blah, blah, blah. Yeah right, ya creep! I'm not having any of it and it still doesn't answer my question about why the church would deny its priests one of the bless'ed sacraments. Twenty years later this guy winds up being the target of a pedophile priest lawsuit. Saw that one coming.

      "Life is tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid." --John Wayne

      by Sonofasailor on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:39:24 AM PST

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