The top story at The Oregonian:
"There is an elephant in the room," Farley said as Mass began at St. Clare Catholic Church in Southwest Portland. "But we'll talk about it later — after Communion. "
He was referring to the letter he'd sent to the congregation last week, which detailed why these Sunday Masses would be his last as a priest.
"I leave because of a private longing in my heart and soul that I have ignored or suppressed to my detriment," he wrote in the letter.
"I love priestly ministry but I cannot live this life of celibacy."
He is by no means the first or the last...
American men joining the priesthood has dropped by 60 percent since the 1960s to about 40,000 in 2009. Celibacy, required since the 12th century by the Catholic Church in the West, is cited as a major reason for that decline.Human, all too human.