I just noticed this post Estelle.<quoted text>
Those males in the Roman Catholic Church who are priests/clergy who happen to be gay(orientation). Gay males are NOT welcome in the Roman Catholic priesthood but many are there.
There is no reason a well adjusted healthy gay man should be a priest but it is a big no-no and that is the rules.
If feel for anyone especially mothers who get some counselling/help from these Catholic priests. In my case I found out the priest helping me was a closet gay.
It was a nightmare but fortunately I survived the ordeal. In the end I needed to realize this priest had a right to deal with his orientation the way he saw fit. Nevertheless, he caused great damage to me with his deceit,so many cruel mind games,lies and hurtful tactics against me all for the so call good of the Catholic Church.
Priests are so willing to cover up for each other.
To teach children that adults know truth in such matters as religion is the basic lie ... and from there it becomes easier and easier to lie in defense of the first lie.
Many people such as yourself had nervous breakdowns because of the lies that messed your mind up to such an extent your body could hardly even function. And many members of clergy committed suicide because they couldn't make sense of such nonsense.
I believe that men with homosexual orientations joined the priesthood in hopes that "god" would "cure" their attraction to other men, and when that didn't work for them they became confused and messed up within themselves about how to overcome what they perceived as a "major problem" which they were taught was a terrible offence to GOD.
You are doing well without your church to mess you up further, and for your sake, I am well-pleased.