Retired Irish bishop questions celibacy, ban on marriage and afterlife

Willie Walsh in the apple orchard at his home in Ennis, County Clare

“Sexuality is much wider than, say, the use of genital organs or whatever. It’s an essential part of the whole person. I think the fact that I don’t have sexual relations with somebody doesn’t mean that there isn’t something of sexuality in our friendship.”

He says he is uncomfortable with all the pomp surrounding the church.

“I think what we need – and this applies to all of us and to me sitting in a comfortable house – I think what we really have shied away from or watered down is our teaching on justice. That’s one of the ways where we can show people that we really believe.”

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