“He wrote a bold, iconoclastic newsletter (largely featuring himself in a starring role) which inspired devotees with his courageous stands against a backward, medieval Catholic sexual theology that c

“He wrote a bold, iconoclastic newsletter (largely featuring himself in a starring role) which inspired devotees with his courageous stands against a backward, medieval Catholic sexual theology that condemned homosexual practice and that called homosexual orientation intrinsically disordered. He was a celebrity and hero to his flock (which consisted of many more people than his parish due to his finger-in-the-eye-of-the-Magisterium reputation). Indeed, he advocated fervently for gay rights from press and pulpit, accusing the Church of “homophobia”. He was “a man we all looked up to”, a counselor sought out because “I admired his life” according to one adoring fan. His influence was crucial to many. As one nun put it, “He is the person who really educated myself and a lot of others.”” And now he’s in jail…