Panorama’s “Gay Priests’ Nights on the Town” disclosed an interview focusing on the alleged misconduct of the priests specifically tackling their sexual encounters even in a church building and bar trips. The interview which lasted over a month revealed pictures of the three priests involved. To further prove the point, the research was purportedly recorded using hidden cameras.
The diocese claimed that the acts of the “double life” co-priests affect the honor of all the others and that they should not be allowed to practice the vocation. Priesthood disallows any kind of sexual activity outside marriage and also considers homosexual acts as uncommon, therefore, unnatural.
In as much as the group claims no ill will against the priests and their confessions, it still is “saddened and troubled” by the news. Further, the group promised to make follow-ups regarding the case.
Pope Benedict XVI, on the other hand has issued a statement in 2005 barring actively gay priests in seminaries. He was also quoted in saying that gay marriage is a threat to the common good.