Pope Francis has toned down the rhetoric somewhat and he does come across nicer.<quoted text>
From my perspective, gay Catholic priests just spells dysfunction from the get-go. Not that I have anything against them, but how can they not be ashamed of themselves, if they believe what the Catholic church teaches about homosexuals?
I can't claim to understand the mindset of a gay man who decides to become a Catholic priest, but I'm guessing it involves some warped and unhealthy emotions and thinking. Not because they are gay, but because they can't help but be very aware of what the church teaches. It just seems like a bad idea to me for a person to subject themselves to this.
When you said "gays in the priesthood are ill at ease to reveal that info being gay because of the backlash they would face.." you hit the nail on the head. They shouldn't have to feel ill at ease at all, but their choice to become Catholic priests kind of locks that in... it kind of guarantees an unhealthy environment. Whether it manifests in how they are treated by others, or how they perceive themselves, it just seems like a bad idea to me.
As for the new pope, I've probably already said that I'm skeptical. If he can influence people to be more tolerant and less judgmental toward gay people, that's a good thing.. But the bottom line is, the doctrine isn't going to change.
I'm glad this pope SEEMS to be more humble and in tune with regular people, even if it's just an act... because it's a much better act for people to admire and respect than the reputation of arrogance and harsh judgment that the church had.
This pope really does seem "nicer" and "humbler," and perhaps he actually is. I just think it's interesting that he conveniently came along just when the church really desperately needed a new improved image, and pope Benedict is still alive.
I gather some gay priests deal with their situation differently and better than others.
The one gay priest I knew I just wish I had acquired better wisdom way back then but I was so naive.
There was a time I was even afraid he would kill himself just the way he was reacting.
Once he kept telling me over and over "I adhere to the teachings of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, I adhere to the teachings to the Holy Roman Catholic Church, etc.."
I told him: "Father, I believe you, I believe you adhere to the teachings of the Holy Roman Catholic Church."
I had to calm him down Thomas. So much bad stuff happened between us and other stuff with another priest friend of his.
The bottom line here is that I stood up for myself, it was time to back off and let go before something even worst happened.
The decision to leave the Catholic Church for me was a slow process. It was not easy but it was the correct decision to make for me.