Priests in Love
unique insight into the lives, views, values and behaviour of Catholic priests today.
- Speaks to a burning contemporary issue of great public interest.
- Applies an anthropological approach to the realities of celibacy today in the catholic priesthood.
- Presents the rarely-heard voices of priests who have come to an accommodation with celibacy which may not be as expected by either Catholic authorities or the public.
In the 1960s and '70s, thousands of Roman Catholic priests left the active ministry to get married. Nothing like this had been seen on this scale since the French Revolution, and before that since the Reformation. Now a different phenomenon seems to be at work: priests who have formed long-term, intimate sexual friendships. These men are not paedophiles or sexual abusers. They are adult, mature men who can no longer find a rationale for a life of obligatory celibacy and enter into responsible sexual relationships. Some of them are straight, some gay. Based on interviews conducted over a nine-year period, with 50 Australian priests, Priests in Love tells the stories of these priests and their friends. It deals with the moral, psychological, and social challenges they face on the less travelled road of social change.