Inside The Church's Closet

GAY PRIESTS TALK ABOUT THEIR HIDDEN LIVES, LOVE OF THE CHURCH AND FEAR OF BEING SCAPEGOATED IN THE SEX SCANDALS

The Rev. William Hart McNichols is gay. He is also a Roman Catholic priest in Taos, N.M. There is no paradox there, according to church teachings. Technically, it is homosexual activity--not the orientation--that is considered sinful. Nevertheless, McNichols will surely get hate mail and risk losing his ability to minister by stating his sexuality in the pages of this magazine. He has said it publicly before, so he knows. "Talking to you," he told me last week, "is just as scary as the first time I came out to anyone. But you can't go through life hiding who you are and...

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