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Saturday, 28 May 2016
ARCHBISHOP EAMON MARTIN - ADMITS HIS SEXUAL ORIENTATION.
ARCHBISHOP EAMON MARTIN ADMITS HIS SEXUAL ORIENTATION
Eamon - birthday snap
In a recent interview with the Hot Press magazine Eamon Martin has declared his sexual orientation - he is heterosexual / straight.
He told Hot Press:
"On clerical celibacy, the archbishop admitted that he had dated a number of girlfriends before joining the seminary and thought that he was in love a few times.
Even since becoming a priest, he has “met many women to whom I’m fairly sure I would be attracted and in another life might have considered, ‘Would I like to be married to this person? Have children with this person?’” But, he said, he had made a commitment that he had to try to be faithful to".
Personally I am reassured that after all these gay scandals in the Church we now have a Primate of All Ireland with full blown testosterone in every cell in his body - and who unlike Irish bishops before him - ie: Eamon Casey - has never given in to the temptation to behave inappropriately with a woman.
The recent exposure of his Master of Ceremonies as being a gay man seeking no strings gay sex on the Grindr app must have been a great sadness to Eamon. I'm sure he had no idea, until the scandal broke, that Father Coyle was as bent as a corkscrew. However in spite of his own straightness the word from Armagh is that Eamon handled the scandal with deep compassion. Its not easy for a straight man to understand a gay man. But I'm sure for Eamon its not about sexual orientation. It is about Christianity and forgiveness. Lesser men would not have been so understanding. I, of course, am gay. I came out in 1999. But of course I always knew I was gay and had to wrestle with my orientation for many years. On one occasion a priest in my seminary actually asked me to dress up as a woman! The priest in question was the Maynooth theologian Dr Tom Marsh. Dr Tom taught me systematic theology but also twice a year he directed plays in which the seminarians had to play all the parts - men and women!
One year the play was by Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Ernest and Dr Marsh insisted I play the role of Lady Bracknell. I refused. But he then threatened to fail me in my theology exams and I had to give in and play Lady B.
Pat as Lady Bracknell - 1974
I actually enjoyed the part. There's no better witty dramatist than Oscar Wilde.
I wonder in Archbishop Eamon would have been willing - as a straight man - to play that part?
He might have done it well? Who knows? I wonder what he would look like as a Lady Bracknell? Would he look like this:
Ah no! I much prefer Eamon as a man.
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