Much of the clergy is gay, claims former Catholic theologian

Berlin, Nov 22 (ANI): A large share of Catholic clergy is gay and the Church should change its homophobic attitude and teaching, says former publisher of a conservative Catholic magazine.

Theologian David Berger was a correspondent professor for the Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas in the Vatican, where he said his academic work was watched and censored where it concerned homosexuality.

As a gay man himself, he said that living among the Catholic homophobia was a nightmare.

"It must be acknowledged that a large number of Catholic clerics and trainee priests in Europe and the United States are homosexually-inclined," the Local quoted Berger as telling Der Spiegel.

He said when he was writing for theological magazines, he had to use phrases such as fornication-partner rather than life-partner, and that the neutral word homosexual could not be used, but gay men were described as perverse sodomites.

"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," he added.

Berger has written a book about his experiences within the Church, 'The holy illusion - a gay theologian in the Catholic Church' which has been published recently. (ANI)

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