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I am grateful to him for speaking up about this complicated and unsettling topic.

One of the things I mentioned was that while a lot of the loudest public voices had reacted defensively to my October column in , I received dozens of private messages from lay women and men, priests, seminarians, diocesan employees, and others whose personal experiences resonated with the piece.

This week Professor Pat Mc Namara wrote an essay about his personal experience of the culture of clericalism at a major US seminary, which has circulated privately on Facebook and elsewhere. Mc Namara if he would be willing to share this as a guest post on my blog. I believe this reflection offers another important perspective that has not yet been made as public as the defensive voices.

Liberal Christians (they do exist, unlike unicorns) get a raw deal thanks to some particularly insane branches of Christianity. Here's a guide to the 10 most common reactions I get when I tell people "My boyfriend is going to be a minister." Yes. Our entire relationship is just a last ditch effort for him to get in as much sexy time as possible before taking that vow of celibacy. Because of the specific nature of my boyfriend's career path, I'm often met with the assumption that I must be doing the exact same thing with my life.

I will be ordained to the transitional diaconate this Saturday, and God willing, I will be ordained a diocesan priest on May 25, 2013.

How was I being called to live a life of discipleship in imitation of Jesus Christ?

I posted a response to the letters to the editor, online comments, and critical blogs that defended certain aspects of a particular clerical lifestyle.

There is no work more sacred than the salvation of souls, which is what a priest is able to do in a unique way.