Workshop panelist Dr. Greer Gordon, a professor at the University of Massachusetts and religious education consultant, said sexuality formation is essential to help priests, whether gay or heterosexual, remain faithful in the midst of the church community.
"We have made both men and women religious asexual.
Asexuality is not how God created us.
We are sexual beings, and it's part of what we bring into any way we deal with other people, no matter what our orientation may be," said Gordon
According to Gordon
, catechists need to rise above fear to understand homosexuality.
"We have to be willing to assist (some of) our clergy, who are themselves homosexual, in learning what it means to live a life that is free, a life that is open, but a life that is celibate," she