In an explosive interview with CNN’s Christine Amanpour former Dominican Friar Mark Dowd claimed that half, if not more, of those attracted into the seminaries and the priesthood are gay. Dowd went on to say that homosexuality is “the ticking time bomb in the Catholic Church,”
“On the one hand the church teaches that the condition of same sex attraction is intrinsically disordered, those are Cardinal Ratzinger’s own words from 1986 and yet we know that actually about half, if not more, of all the people attracted into the seminaries and the priesthood are gay themselves,” said Dowd.
“When you have this culture of secrecy and guilt and repression,” he continued, “you have conditions which foster the potential for blackmail and for manipulation.”
Dowd, who is now a journalist, said that gay men are “massively over-represented” within the Church. He base his statements on what he called “on- and off-the-record conversations with members of the Church, as well as personal experience.”
Vatican journalist Marco Politi disagreed with Dowd’s claims and the recently reported notion of a “gay lobby” within the Vatican.
“The idea of a gay cabal is rubbish,” he said. “Here in the Vatican, there are monsignors who have love affairs, with women and with men. But they hide it. They are liberals or conservatives, but certainly they don’t act like a gay lobby.”
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