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Priests are sexual creatures. We masturbate, have intercourse, anal and oral sex, same gender sex, commit adultery, bestiality, incest, fornicate, enjoy bondage, abuse children and commit any and all forms of sex known to human beings. We spend most of our time in ministry but we are sexual beings too. Most priests, bishops, deacons, ministers, mullahs and rabbis in the world religions are sex positive in their outlook. We enjoy ecstasy, orgasm, pleasure and joy in our sexuality. We love to kiss, fondle and embrace. We enjoy fucking, sucking and licking. We teach others to enjoy their sexuality too. Joy and pleasure are not the first thing one thinks of about Christian clergy. The pious priest and puritan parson railing against the adulterer, masturbator and single mother are familiar. Many scream against abortion and birth control. But they are a minority with a good press. Recently, Roman Catholic priests have given sex a bad name by being accused and often convicted of child molestation with altar boys and teen-age girls and women under their pastoral care. Celibacy, a lonely bachelor life and poor training in human relations have caused this blight on the Christian ministry. Sadly most Christian clergy do not speak or teach publicly their sex positive views. We hint and smirk but fail to be open about our sexuality. We fear criticism from members of our flocks. Advancement may be denied us if we become sex positive priests. I am known by many clergy and lay people as a fag priest because I am an ardent defender of lesbian and gay rights. Most of us are not happy with sexually oriented labels. In the sixties I was called more than once a nigger priest because of my involvement in the civil rights movement. I have advanced in the church to where I want exactly to be. I was the rector and pastor in an Episcopal church, and now retired. But first lets clear up some stuff about priests. Roman Catholics have covered the market on the notion of priesthood. Most people think if you are a priest, you must be a Roman Catholic. I am pleased to tell you that there are lots of other priests in the world who are not Roman Catholic. Priest is the word used for ordained clergy in the Orthodox and Anglican churches. There are two hundred million members of the Orthodox churches of the world. They are in Russia, Greece, Turkey, and Central Europe and in every major city in Europe and the United States. There are seventy million members of the Anglican Communion throughout the world. Their clergy are also called priests. .. Sexual Candor I want to tell the truth about sex, my own and in the church, especially the Episcopal Church of which I am a life long member and an ordained priest. I think the best way to teach others about sex is not just by words, pictures and ideas. People telling their own sexual stories to others deeply help children, teenagers and adults to understand human sexuality. Parents, schools and some churches do their best in teaching about sex. But it doesn't work very well. There are studies that indicate sex education in schools is generally ineffective. Unwanted pregnancies, venereal disease and the horror of AIDS still abound in this country and around the world. Teaching sex in an objective way, giving facts, figures and morals just doesn't work very well. The missing element is personal self-revelation. Sex education for many boys comes in the locker room and the gutter. Boys tell the truth or lie about their sexual activities as they tell stories about what they or their girls have done. 'Mary Jane will go down on you anytime." 'I screwed her under the stairs in my building." 'I jerk off in the boy's room at school every day." These are lacking in specificity and have the ring of boasting but they are teaching other boys about sex. In 1969 when I was thirty-eight years old I spent five months in an intensive personal growth program at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California. A dozen men
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