We went to a house concert last night given by former Catholic seminarian and now traveling singer, Tom Goss.
After the performance, he joined in the with the twenty or so (mostly gay) attendees to mingle, eat a light dinner and converse. I overheard the following:
“What percentage, would you say, of seminarians are gay?” asked one interested man.
Tom responded, “In my seminary, probably ninety percent. Overall, probably seventy,” he continued, “which made it so weird when the Catholic church recently started an [inquisition] to determine if there was ‘homosexual influence’ in the seminaries”.
“So, here are gay cardinals, giving direction to gay bishops, giving direction to gay priests to ask gay seminarians about homosexual influence. I mean, what are they supposed to say? That’s just messed up”.
He went on to say that the overall atmosphere in the seminary was supportive and that the only real issues came from the self-proclaimed “straight” seminarians, “wanting to take you to bed”.