Many clever observers of the Roman Catholic Church say that increasingly the Church is being "homosexualised" - especially in the context that the Catholic priesthood is becoming more and more a "gay" profession.
There are various signs of this homosexualkisation.
As we saw in this summer's scandal engulfing Maynooth Seminary - most of the seminarians now entering are gay.
That in itself is neither an issue or a problem. The right kind of gay man will make every bit as good a deacon, priest, bishop, archbishop, cardinal or pope as the right kind of straight man.
But the problem we are encountering now is that the priesthood is NOT attracting "straight" men in the way it did in former times.
And on top of that the priesthood is attracting more gay men than before - and the wrong kind of gay man at that.
What is the WRONG KIND of gay man?
It is the kind of gay man that thinks that his sexuality defines him and that it is not just a small part of his whole person-hood, psyche and existence.
It is the kind of gay man that thinks that flaunting his sexuality is the mature way to cope with his sexuality.
It is the type of gay man that has not made the important connection between his sexuality, his spirituality and his morality.
That kind of gay man is psychologically, spiritually and morality SCHIZOPHRENIC.
That's the kind of gay man who thinks it is a sin for a straight guy to have sex outside marriage but not a sin for a gay man.
That's the kind of gay man who, as a priest, promotes or represents strict Catholic morality in the pulpit and confessional or when wearing his collar - but who throws off that morality completely when he is hunting on Grindr, cruising gay bars and clubs or enjoying his time in the gay sauna.
Its also the kind of gay man who enters a seminary and is happy to join the gay cabal / gang in the seminary, play up to seminary staff who are gay and be part of bullying, harassing other seminarians - seminarians who are heterosexual - or seminarians who are gay but want to be celibate or seminarians who are pious and want to do things like kneel at the consecration of the Mass.
You see the world is a very diverse place - when it comes to skin colour, race, creed, ability / disability. gender, sexual orientation etc.
And the Church which is there to let the world know about Jesus needs to be every bit as diverse as the world.
To homosexualise the Catholic priesthood is to destine it for decline and extinction.
We need priests who are black, white, red, yellow etc.
We need priests who are straight, gay, bisexual, transgender, transexual, asexual etc.
We need priests who are intellectual, artistic, practical, tradesmen, farmers, nurses etc.
We need priests who are men and priests who are women and priests who are somewhere else on that spectrum.
We need priests who are married, single, widowed.
Diversity is VERY GOOD.
That's why it says in the first book of the Bible - Genesis:
"God saw ALL that he made and indeed IT WAS VERY GOOD"
This homosexualisation of the Church is a result of many things - including a negative hang up about sexuality and the human body, virginity, celibacy, sin, hell, anti pleasure etc etc.
These Church teachings are forcing people not to be themselves, to wear masks, play games, pretend and generally speaking escape reality and their real selves with all the human needs that need addressing.
This in turn leads to many types of victims and a varying degree of people behaving irresponsibly or badly.
There is something wrong with someone being a priest and at the same time not being true to themselves. That does not make for an effective priest or a happy person.
Its the reason many priests are on "painkillers" - alcohol, power abuse, illicit affairs, sex hunting, drugs - or develop things like anxiety, depression or obsessive compulsive disorder etc.
The priesthood is in a great crisis.
That crisis must be deeply examined.
And various things must be done to make the priesthood vibrant and healthy again.
The current majority gay priesthood is not working well at all.
Of course I also realise that there are quite a number of cynical jack the lad heterosexual priests out there too.
We have discussed them on this blog and heard from the women they are abusing.