Anna Nolan to Breda O'Brien: 'I abstained for three years when I was training to be a nun. I wasn't a better person'
Broadcaster and producer Anna Nolan has said abstaining from intimate relations while training to be a nun did not make her a "better person".
The Irish Bake Off star made her comments in her weekly column in today's Herald in reaction to an interview with the Iona Institute's Breda O'Brien.
In a lengthy interview with the 'Sunday Independent', Ms O'Brien stated her belief that gay men and women should abstain from sex "like all unmarried couples".
Read more here: 'Gays should abstain from sex - like all unmarried couples'
"She thinks that they would make a better Christians if they led a celibate life," Anna writes.
"Remember decades ago we were taught this rubbish by priests and nuns? That sex was purely for procreation?
"I'd like to tell Breda something from my own experience.
"I abstained from sex for three years when I was training to be a nun. Well, two and a half years really.
"No kissing, no tickling, no groping - nothing.
"Here's a big secret I am going to let out: I wasn't a better person.
"I wasn't a better Christian. I was exactly the same person, who reacted to dilemmas and situations in the same way as I would today.
"Breda wouldn't want a life without sex, so why should she suggest it to the gay and lesbian community?"