October 20, 2005

360 Vision exclusive: A gay Catholic priest comes out


TORONTO, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - Do openly gay priests have a place in the
Catholic Church? One Canadian clergyman is about to find out.
On Thursday, Oct. 20 at 10 p.m. ET, VisionTV's signature current affairs
series 360 Vision presents a special report on the renewed debate over gays in
the Catholic priesthood - and elicits a startling revelation from one priest.
Defying the Vatican, he declares his homosexuality on camera - making him
the first Canadian priest to come out publicly.
The program repeats on Monday, Oct. 24 at 10 p.m. ET.
According to reports from the Vatican, the Church is set to release a
document outlining a new policy: to be candidates for the priesthood, gay men
must not publicly disclose their homosexuality or participate in gay culture,
and must have remained celibate for at least three years.
The Canadian priest interviewed on 360 Vision says he is celibate. He
also estimates that as many as 50% of all priests in Canada are gay.

Posted by kshaw at October 20, 2005 07:43 AM