I’m home sick, starting to feel better (at last!), have no TV, and so am listening to radio. I love Irish radio! It is so much more diverse than American radio.
So I was listening to a call-in program. The topic was Fr. Michael Hogan, a County Clare priest who was recently lured by an unscrupulous journalist into posting a profile on a gay website, complete with photo of him in his skivvies. (Story here.)
I was bracing myself for a slew of homophobic callers. Instead, every single caller so far—other than a priest, who expressed a toned-down version of the papal perspective—was in total support of Fr. Hogan! The gist was, “The site was an adult site, he wasn’t breaking any laws, it’s natural to want to express your sexuality, he’s a good priest and a good man, and the church’s stance on celibacy and gays is hypocritical and outmoded.”
One caller said, “It’s 2007. He’s gay, get over it!…He’s meeting people and he’s lonely and my heart goes out to him and I support him…if I were to see him on the street, I’d give him a hug.”
If you want to listen to RTE 1 streaming live, go here. (They might post a podcast of the show in question—Liveline—later.)