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Confessions Of An Ex-Priest: Matthew Shepard And Laramie -- Their Meaning Then And Now

Tom Rastrelli | Posted 12.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Tom Rastrelli

I must have said or felt something, but I don't recall my reaction. Matthew Shepard isn't mentioned in my journal. It's like someone tampered with my memories, dubbing over my emotions with white noise. Most likely, I shut out everything. Feeling anything would have risked too much.

Confessions Of An Ex-Priest: Learning To Drink Like A Catholic Cleric

Tom Rastrelli | Posted 10.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Tom Rastrelli

Priests have the right to drink alcohol. But when they provide alcohol to minors, drive while drunk, and sexually assault children, we must never get used to it. Instead of promotions and prayer vigils, Archbishop-elect Cordileone and Father Perez deserve prosecution to the full extent of the law.

Confessions Of An Ex-Priest: How Catholic Seminary Forms Victims And Forces False Forgiveness

Tom Rastrelli | Posted 10.19.2012 | Religion
Tom Rastrelli

The crowd leapt to their feet. My bones reverberated with an electric buzz that could only be the Holy Spirit. Over my shoulder, the priest, who had sexually assaulted me in the confessional during college and exploited me for two years after, clapped away.

Confessions Of An Ex-Priest: The Doctrine Of Justification For Lying By Clergy

Tom Rastrelli | Posted 10.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Tom Rastrelli

People don't expect their priests and bishops to lie, but clerics do lie. Some even make a virtue of it. I know this from experience, for I was ordained a Catholic priest on a lie.