Will the Vatican now take a dont ask, dont tell approach to the priesthood? Will it permit celibate, but openly gay priests to serve? What message does it send to LGBTQ Catholics long marginalized by orthodox Catholics and conservative hierarchs, if openly, celibate gay priests serve the holy sacraments? If a gay or straight priest acts on a need for physical intimacy and companionship, what makes it a sin, breaking the vow given to the church over celibacy? If an openly gay, celibate priest is worthy to serve Eucharist, solemnize straight marriages, and perform the last rites at someones bedside, how is it possible two parishioners of the same gender cant have a blessing of their union, though not called a marriage? Will gay, celibate priests be able to speak out against such injustices as discrimination in housing and employment due to sexual identity? Will a lesbian teacher now be allowed to keep her job at a Catholic school? Does acceptance of gay priests finally break the ugly, hateful stereotype someone gay is inclined to be a pedophile, long perpetuated by conservative elements in the Catholic Church, but disavowed by science?
What does a celibate-but-openly-gay priest look like?
What does a celibate-but-openly-gay "Orthodox" Presbyterian look like?
What does a celibate-but-openly-gay person of any religion (or no religion) look like?
Is celibate-but-openly-gay an oxymoron?
A guy in handcuffs after he is arrested for abusing young boys.
I do not think that anyone has ever met one.