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March 14, 2013

Stephen Guest isn’t a priest but decided at 12 that as a gay man it would be a sin to ever have sex, or even masturbate, and has remained celibate ever since

In the church Pope Francis I has inherited, it may be hard to believe any normal gay Catholic could be sufficiently devout to have abstained from any kind of sex for his whole life.

But that is what Stephen Guest, now aged 44, has done from 12-years-old when he first started to realize his sexuality.

Guest contacted Gay Star News to question whether we were being fair in our coverage of the Catholic Church. He is not a priest but believes that to have gay sex would be a grave sin. It would condemn his soul to eternal damnation.

January 28, 2013

An American, who has been an Episcopalian priest for 20 years and married for 33, has promised to become celibate after becoming Catholic

An American priest has stopped having sex with his wife after his own sect had become too accepting of gays.

Deacon John Cornelius, who has spent 20 years as an Episcopalian preacher, was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest yesterday (27 January).

As part of the deal of becoming Catholic, the 64-year-old and father of three agreed to become celibate.

Sharyl, his wife of 33 years, is reportedly happy with the new arrangement.

January 4, 2013

A decade after gay cleric Jeffrey John was forced to step down as a bishop by traditionalist Christians, the CoE have said they have evolved on allowing gay bishops

The Church of England has dropped its ban on gay clergy becoming bishops.

This announcement, from the Church’s House of Bishops, would allow clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops if they promised to be celibate, the BBC reports.

In 2003, the issue split the church when gay cleric Jeffrey John, who has always maintained his celibacy, became a Bishop of Reading.

John, now Dean of St Albans, was forced to step down from the role after protests from traditionalists.