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(RNS1-JUNE 23) A priest wearing a rainbow-colored vestment makes an appearance during Toronto Pride in 2011. For use with RNS-GAY-ANGLICAN, transmitted June 23, 2014. Creative Commons image by Royal Olive

By Francis X. Maier, The Catholic Thing, March 16, 2023

Francis X. Maier is a senior fellow in Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.


A number of lessons can be drawn from a recent Washington Post story.  On March 9, the Post published a nearly 4,000-word story on the work of Catholic Laity and Clergy for Renewal (CLCR), a nonprofit based in Colorado.  CLCR meticulously – and legally – collected publicly available data on clergy usage of Grindr and other hetero and same-sex hookup dating apps.  It then provided the information to bishops for corrective action.  Similar data reported on by The Pillar forced the resignation of former USCCB general secretary, Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill.

In the Latin rite, diocesan priests make a promise of celibacy.  Religious community priests take a vow of chastity.  The intended result is the same:  The priest commits himself to refrain from sexual relations.  …

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