Recent events at the Vatican reminds me of a visit to St Peter’s Basilica with my partner Frank Wilson. He was an English art historian and took me to Italy for the first time as a newly ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Ireland.
We were barely 25 years old and madly in love. I had to be closeted n my parish on the edge of Roman Catholic West Belfast, not as a Roman sympathizer (though that was well rumored in my staunchly Protestant parish), but as a gay man. It was still illegal to be gay in Northern Ireland then.