Dating former priest
Which may be why I’m moved this morning by the recent loss of a love interest by fellow saint and sinner “The Tipsy Parson” (if you hadn’t guessed it, a pen name) and his willingness to share it in hopes that it will encourage those of us in similar places; it touched me at a site where I, too, have experienced loss and grief, and am witnessing the slow budding of God’s resurrection. , “To play in that garden would have been trespassing.” Here he is, by way of continuation on this theme, with some very personal meditations on romantic love, loss, divorce, ordination and the nature of resurrection for someone seeking to travel right behind Jesus, along the oft joy-filled, oft painful, oft-messy and confusing path to the cross and beyond: The last ten months have renewed and validated my call — both as a Christian and as a minister.
He is also on the board of governors of St Malachy's Primary School and is chaplain for St Catherine's College in Armagh.
Fr Coyle posted a series of comments and pictures of himself on the gay dating website ' Grindr' earlier this year, including his own mobile phone number.
"Father Coyle's request was granted and he is currently on leave of absence".
The priest also published a message in the Armagh parish bulletin at the end of March confirming he was on extended leave and asking to be kept in parishioners' prayers.
Sinn Fein Newry and Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan said on Thursday night that people would wish Fr Coyle well "at this difficult time".
"Fr Rory Coyle is well respected by the community in Armagh and known for his dedication and work promoting Gaelic games.
THERE has been support for a well-known Catholic priest after it emerged he had posted pictures of himself on a gay dating website.
Fr Rory Coyle, who is also a member of Armagh GAA's management committee, has been absent from clerical duties since March when he asked for some time off to reflect on his future.