I want to join a conservative Christian Church which promotes abstinence and prayer as a solution to homosexuality. However, I do so with a degree of guilt [my motivations are suspect]. I delayed coming out until I had left the house at 19. Coming from a strict clergy family, my parents were devastated and broken by the news. Over the subsequent months my mother suffered a nervous breakdown and my father put on a great deal of weight and receives regular counseling. However, it is not to appease them and their fears of promiscuity, AIDS and eternal suffering that I have decided to return to Church, but for a man. I have fallen for a closeted gay man within the ranks of the Church. It is with Catholic guilt that I have decided to approach him, strike up a friendship and make my intentions known. Am I a sinner?
I’m From Belfast, Ireland.
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