It's Been 20 Hours and Earth Hasn't Yet Imploded
"I'm a Roman Catholic priest and I'm gay."
With that confession, 63-year-old Karl Clemens became the first priest in Canada to openly declare his homosexuality.
Clemens - a priest for 33 years who retired from the Kingston diocese seven years ago - now lives in Toronto, calling Church Street in the city's gay village his parish.
"I don't have a parish," Clemens told 360 Vision in a documentary that aired last night on VisionTV. "My parish is the street - the highways, the byways, the bars."
Clemens, who wears a priest's collar and says mass every day in his living room, said he is celibate.
"If I were any more celibate, I don't know that I'd be alive," Clemens said, recalling a joke he once told a bishop.
Did anyone see this unfold last night? Any impressions?