ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in St. Louis has written a book about his life as a gay priest, a move that could risk his priesthood.
The Rev. Gary Meier, 49, took a leave of absence last year as pastor at Saints Teresa and Bridget Church in north St. Louis. His book, "Hidden Voices: Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest," was published anonymously in 2011. But Meier republished it earlier this month with his name on the cover, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
"I have tried over the years to reconcile my silence as a gay priest with that of the Church's increasingly anti-gay stance. I have been unsuccessful," Meier writes in the book. "I was hopeful that I could find a way to have integrity while remaining part of a hierarchy that is anti-gay — I was unsuccessful."
The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor-at-large at America magazine, says there are only two or three priests in the U.S. who have said publically they are homosexual.
St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson released a statement saying that Meier, "as a man who experiences same-sex attraction," had "an opportunity to be an example and mentor to Catholics in the archdiocese who struggle with the same feelings."
From the Associated Press