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PAGE 14 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC AUGUST 26, 1990 Author says book approach to human sexuality and was* Another 20 percent were "likely to become a classic." | widely ,reported as challenging the homosexually oriented, and about half Sipe said the book, to be published[ not anti-celibacy Church s rule of mandatory celibacy for were sexually active, under the fide, A Secret World: Sex. | priests. Many reports linked it to recent * Some 20 percent were involved in ality and the Search for Celibacy, is| )Va_shington (CNS) - His forthcom- sex scandals involving Catholic clergy, patterns of autoerotic behavior, divided into four main sections: a de[ ing book on priests, celibacy and sex In a telephone interview, Sipe era- * About six percent were sexually at- scription of celibacy and its history "is ,ot anti-priesthood, it's not anti- phatically denied that he considers tracted to children or adolescents al- the Church; how it is practiced arn0 g [ celibacy," author AYN. Richard Sipe has celibacy itself detrimental to the fitho2gh not all acted out their inclina-pp)e Sc Ss t od aY;n sal de r Pot Onte rfa lal i told Catholic News Service. Church. Sipe said he estimated that among 'It s a long-standing tradition of a Rev. Kenneth Doyle, spokesperson celibacy in one's life; and finally 1,000 priests he interviewed over a pe- very powerful charism, he said, adding for the National Conference of Catholic chapter on the achievement of cell; ] e riod of 25 years, at any given time about that hi, s chief problem with the Bishops, objected to reports that those bacy. 50 percent were practicing celibacy and Church s current approach to priestly estimates apply to the general popula- He said colleagues who have read the| ( 50 percent were not. celibacy is that it "demands celibacy but tion of U S priests study have described his final chapters I He emphasized that his workwas not does not educate for it. From the news reports, he said, itas an original contribution. [ a survey of priests in general, as some "There is no course in a single semi- looks as though Sipe may have drawn "No one has ever outlined the prO" [ news reports depicted it. At the same nary in this country on celibacy. There some conclusions about all priests by cess and the structure of celibate [ time he defended projecting his find- is no course in a seminary even on the relying heavily on a group of priests who achievement before," he said. I ings to the general population of U.S. history of celibacy," he said. came to him for counseling precisely ] t priests, saying the in-depth findings of What provoked controversy in Sipe's because they were having sexual diffi- [ c psychotherapy reveal patterns of human paper in Boston were his figures on the culties." [ t behavior from which such projections percentage of sexually active priests. Doyle added that he agreed "with Ilhddlctlon: The Subtle Foelllt can be drawn. He said the figures were not based what seems to be Sipes principal thesis 1[ f Sipe is a former Benedictine monk on surveys'or demographic studies, but - namely, that celibacy needs to be [[ I- ...... J IL. [[[ i who is now married and a family thera- on counseling work with about 500 taught and explained in a more clear I[ _ Hse$ Ill t pist and teacher of family therapy at priests from 1960 to 1985, on discus- and thorough way.., so that people can [1 E[[ect$ [[[ Johns Hopkins University School of sions with another 500 in workshops live it faithfully and fruitfully." 1[ ........ t1[ "Medicine in Baltimore. and seminars over the same period, and Sipe said that although he personally II III c He received international news cov- on counseling with about 500 non- favors optional celibacy for priests, in II tlt I erage for a paper he delivered Aug. 11 priests who were lovers of priests or the book my position is absolutely II " - II! 1 at the American Psychological Associa- victims of abuse by priests, neutral. It could be used by either side." II Awz|lahl~ t II| tion convention in Boston, in which heOf the priests interviewed, he said:Rev. Joseph Gallagher, a BaltimoreII Ili ; summarized the research in his book * At any given time about 20 percent archdiocesan priest best known nation- II ...... .... Ill due out in September. were involved in an ongoing relation- ally as translation editor of "The Docu- II , II! The paper criticized the Church for ship with a woman or in a series of re- ments of Vatican IF," said he proofread II -- Ji an "underdeveloped and immature lationships with women, the book for Sipe and considered it t Church officials After news broke of Marino's rela- born in 1986. ,[ !l deny Marino.. tionship with Long, Rev. MichaelWoods The Georgia Bulletin said cotlr'L admitted having had an illicit relation- records in those lawsuits filed in Ao$ !P attomptod suloldo ship with Long and submittedhis resig- 1987, show that Keohane earlierentere!: | I nation as pastor of St. Jude parish in an agreement with Long to provide $55u,| 1 Washington (CANS) - Msgr. Robert N. Sandy Spring. an Atlanta suburb, a month in child support, but q Lynch, general secretary of the National Long repeated her claim made ear- disclaimer that he did not admit to be| Nightly 2721 Kavanaugh ,. 663-1196 Conference of Catholic Bishops, labelled "categorically false" an Aug. 15 news re- port that resigned Archbishop Eugene A. Marino had attempted suicide. The report, originally aired by Atlanta's WAGA-TV, said that an at- tempted suicide was the reason Marino was admitted to the psychiatric ward at St. Vincent's Hospital in Westchester, NY, on Aug. 9. In a separate statement from Atlanta, Bishop James P. Lyke, apostolic adminis- trator of the archdiocese, said, =I deny that report (of a suicide attempt) cat- egorically and, based on information from people in direct contact with Arch- bishop Marino, I can give firm assurance that the report has no foundation in fact." Lynch also confirmed the fact that Marino, in seclusion since last May, had been staying at Trinity Retreat, a Catho- lic retreat house in Larchmont, NY, as reported by the TV station. Marino temporarily gave up his du- ties as Atlanta's archbishop in May and resigned that post in July, citing "severe stress." In August it was revealed that his res- ignation followed discovery by Church authorities that he had been involved in a two-year relationship with 27-year-old Vicki R. Long. lier to Church authorities that she and Marino "exchanged marriage vows in December. I consider myself married" to him. She also denied having had any sexual relations with Woods. Long's lawyer alleged that Marino "seduced" Long and that "he began a sexual relationship" with her. Lyke said he had been assured from the start "that no archdiocesan funds have been used to support Vicki Long," but "this question came up at every meeting I had" with reporters and vari- ous groups in the archdiocese. "I felt the only way to put to rest that preception was to establish a special commission to look into the matter," he said. Serving with Keough on the commis- sion are three Atlanta-area business and accounting leaders The group is to oversee an independent audit of the fi- nances of the archdiocese and the two parishes and report its findings. "The results of their study will be published," Lyke said. While she was involved in an affair with Marino, Long had lawsuits pending against the neighboring Diocese of Sa- vannah and one of its priests, Rev. Donal Keohane, stemming from her claim that Keohane was the father of her daughter ~ ~. , ;, , ,, !: i~ .t ing the father of the child. :!i ,I The records also show that a cotfft" [ nile ' ordered paternity test oroved Keoh i | was not the child's fatlaer. He is still ! priest of the Savannah diocese, but I works in California. ! Atlanta archdiocese attorney Brown told The Bulletin that inn sw i [ deposition in the Keohane case on i 23, 1989, Long had stated under | i that she had never had a sexual relati i [ ship with any other man except Keoh ;i ] He said that testimony "has subI quently proven to be false." ;;! | Brownsaid the archdiocese has i , informed that Long intends to pt r ! | legal action affainst Marino and " archdiocese. Hesald the archdioceSe | fight any lawsuit. [ t "Our conclusion is she does not I st tll~ :l a le ral basis for a claim attain :i | o o ..f ~, | archdiocese and that her claim o rl ] marriage to the archbishop is ludicr00 ! he said. lrl i On Aug. 2, Lyke said that the ar ifi diocese had paid some medical bills ]