FATHER RORY COYLE - AN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE
(Tony Adams was ordained in 1977 after studying for the priesthood at The Pontifical North American College in Rome and at Rome's Gregorian University.
He was friendly with the Irish Catholic bishop - John Magee of Cloyne - and was involved in papal ceremonies at The Vatican.
He left the priesthood at the age of 30 and is married to his partner for 33 years.
He lives in Florida and is a writer, playwright, critic, columnist, tour guide and wedding officiant.)
"As a gay married ex-priest (and once a master of ceremonies not for a bishop but for a pope) I am following this story of Father Rory Coyle with much interest.
There are some unanswered questions and some facts facts yet un-revealed but I think that the essence of the story is that Coyle wanted sex and sought it out.
He seems to have gotten caught and has been allowed to take a leave of absence.
The "agreement" between the bishop and the newspaper not to reveal the supposed Grindr photos is what irritates me.
That kind of cover-up caused much of the priest paedophile scandal.
News is news, even when it is not so nice. If the young accuser is telling the truth we ought to see the photos.
Catholics in the pews in Ireland ought to know one thing as a result of this story: priests are not well trained for celibacy.
The comments in this blog that rage about a clergy full of sexually active gay men are not accurate.
Most self-respecting gay priests left the active ministry years ago.
The Catholic priesthood is no longer a refuge attractive to gay men.
We can now have plenty of solid careers as out gay men who are community leaders.
The real question is. "What kind of man even considers becoming a Catholic priest in a church so terribly twisted and far afield from the real message and intention of Jesus?