Tuesday 23 May 2017

Carol Hunt: The 'intrinsically disordered' label has to be tackled

The EU has decried homophobic laws in Russia. It could start looking closer to home too, writes Carol Hunt

Out and proud: Stefan Luecke and Karl Heinz Schroeder, both from Germany, share a kiss at St Peter’s Square in Vatican City. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Out and proud: Stefan Luecke and Karl Heinz Schroeder, both from Germany, share a kiss at St Peter’s Square in Vatican City. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

'I do not feel as if I am intrinsically disordered as my church will have me believe. That phrase is insensitive, offensive and deeply hurtful to me as I'm sure it is to others like me . . ."

These are the words of a currently serving, Irish diocesan priest (Today with Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio One last Wednesday.) We didn't hear them from his own mouth, though. As reporter Brian O'Connell explained, this priest lived in so much fear of exposure that he insisted an actor read the words he had sent. He explained why: "As we [gay priests] are not free to speak out I live in constant fear of being found out or being outed."

Recently human rights activists have been -- rightfully -- appalled at the increase in homophobic laws. Just this week the European Parliament passed a motion calling for change to discriminatory policies in Uganda, Nigeria, India and Russia -- where Vladimir Putin has promised gay visitors to the Sochi Winter Olympics they will have nothing to fear in Russia, but warned them to "leave children alone" as he defended a controversial ban on promoting homosexuality to juveniles.

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