Secrecy, Sophistry And Gay Sex In The Catholic Church

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For centuries homosexuals have been vilified and persecuted by the Catholic Church, but the Church has always had a very inconvenient secret. Many of its clergy, even those in the highest echelons of the Church, were and are homosexual. Little was known of the lives these religious people lived until the publication, in 1981, of the groundbreaking, Gay Catholic Priests; A Study of Cognitive and Affective Dissonance. Richard Wagner is the author of that study and he is a gay priest. The media firestorm that ...
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Overview

For centuries homosexuals have been vilified and persecuted by the Catholic Church, but the Church has always had a very inconvenient secret. Many of its clergy, even those in the highest echelons of the Church, were and are homosexual. Little was known of the lives these religious people lived until the publication, in 1981, of the groundbreaking, Gay Catholic Priests; A Study of Cognitive and Affective Dissonance. Richard Wagner is the author of that study and he is a gay priest. The media firestorm that erupted after its publication and the backlash within his religious community because of its publication eventually destroyed his public priesthood. This story of his 13-year battle with the Church to save his ministry exemplifies the spiritual isolation, emotional distress and ecclesiastical reprisals every gay priest most fears. Secrecy, Sophistry And Gay Sex In The Catholic Church provides an intimate and sometimes disturbing look into the unseemly inner-workings of the Catholic Church. It is a detailed account of the Church's take-no-prisoners attitude in stamping out whatever they perceive as a threat, especially if the threat comes from within.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781610982122
  • Publisher: The Nazca Plains Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/13/2011
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 1,057,067
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Truth and Punishment

    This book provides an exceptionally detailed first-hand look into how the Catholic Church deals with any priest who dares to speak out on matters it regards as threatening to its pubic image.  Fr. Wagner's doctoral research and public remarks on gay Catholic priests resulted in his immediate, extra-canonical banishment from his religious community; withdrawal of all financial and spiritual support; an obedience forbidding him to publish his dissertation or to further speak or teach on the subject of gays in the Church; public vilification by Church spokesmen specially put forward to do the job; and thirteen years of Kafkaesque treatment at the hands of an assortment of timid, manipulative, stonewalling, and smugly complacent Church officials. Apart from revealing the hair-raising absurdity of what the church calls justice, this book presents a man who knows what it means to go the whole distance, no matter how long and difficult the road may be.  His is a story of truthfulness, courage, and endurance against impossible odds.  The Church desperately needs more priests like Fr. Wagner.

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