I have to admit I was a bit shocked by some of the comments posted on here last week about a blog claiming our new Cardinal is gay. Not shocked that he may be gay, shocked at the hateful and judgemental tone of the blog.
It lead to an interesting discussion with my brother over lunch today. Does it matter whether or not a priest/bishop/cardinal is gay if they are celibate?
My brother was arguing that what makes a person gay is their entering into a sexual relationship with someone of the same gender. So if they are not in a sexual realtionship then they are not gay. I disagree with that. There are many people who are not in sexual relationships, but that doesn't make those people asexual does it? And just because they are not in a sexual relationship doesn't mean that they are not attracted to people of the same or different genders. I believe that attraction to one gender or another is what defines sexuality.
So I believe that we do have gay priests, probably in the same proportion as in the general population.Priests are celibate, but they must still struggle at times with attraction to women (or men). What counts is that they stick to their vow and that they put the Church and their commitment to it first.
So, for me, it wouldn't matter in the slightest if our new Cardinal was gay. He's celibate so what difference does it make? But then I don't have a problem with the whole gay thing anyway so maybe that's just me. I believe it's not my job to judge, it's my job to love.