Dating a priest

The subject of married priests in the Catholic Church has been controversial for hundreds of years.That controversy returned this year after an auxiliary bishop in Los Angeles admitted he had fathered two children -- about the same time the Vatican released guidelines for accepting married priests from Episcopal churches in the Catholic priesthood.He claims that he left to go to bed early, and was later awoken by the cleric who proceeded to sexually assault him.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Armagh said: "Early in March, Fr Rory Coyle asked Archbishop Eamon Martin for time off to obtain personal and spiritual support.

Murphy didn't want to betray his personal integrity -- or his vows -- by taking a mistress.

"I know lots of people right now who are priests and in relationships -- gay and straight," he added.

He wanted a family, but his vows of celibacy prevented that.

"I got ordained at 37 in 2001, and I had been in a couple of relationships before that, so the whole celibacy issue was a question for me -- even on the day of my ordination," he said.

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