Same-sex marriage: “It’s a human right.”
So says Fr. Karl Clemens, who once declared [HERE] that despite his homosexuality he remained celibate, saying, “If I was any more celibate I don’t think I’d be alive.”
The following short video clip from the anti-Catholic VisionTV in Canada depicts Fr. Karl’s “ministry of presence” to the gay community of Toronto. No mention is made whether or not Fr. Karl and his partner Nick will, (after all these years), consummate their union following nuptials on Saturday… Let the prayers begin, the story follows.
From the Toronto Sun:
Canada’s first openly gay Catholic priest wants another milestone under his robe.
Father Karl Clemens is getting married Saturday to his partner, Nick.
Clemens says he’ll be the first man of the Catholic cloth to enter into a same-sex marriage in Canada, and maybe even in North America.
“I’m not doing it to start a revolution, but if people want to exercise their right, and so forth, that’s terrific,” he told Sun Media yesterday. “I feel very strongly about it.
“I’m leading the way, or pioneering, as it were, in something that I think is very important,” Clemens said. “It’s a human right.”
Clemens, who’s nearing 70 and retired from the Kingston diocese after serving there for 33 years, moved to Toronto more than a decade ago to work in, and advocate for, the city’s gay village on Church St.
About his same-sex marriage, he’s prepared for a backlash from the church and some of its followers, as he was when he came out of the closet in 2005.
“There will be Catholics who feel, because of their lack of understanding, that this is a very wrong thing and therefore will not be pleased,” Clemens said. “But those are consequences we have to be willing to deal with because we feel strongly about the issue at hand, which is the right to be able to enter into same-sex marriages.”
Clemens and his partner will be married Saturday afternoon in the couple’s Sherbourne St. home.
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