St. Priapus Church
Priapus, a divine personification of the penis
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St. Priapus Church was founded in Montreal, Quebec, by D. F. Cassidy and has found a following mainly among homosexual men in Canada and the United States. The church, which is named after the Greek god Priapus, teaches that the phallus is the source of life, beauty, joy, and pleasure. The phallus is to be worshipped, which can be accomplished by a variety of sexual acts, including group masturbation. Semen is also treated with reverence and its consumption is an act of worship. Images of the phallus are personified as deities, particularly Priapus, and Pan which are revered in religious practices. The religious practices are a mixture between pagan phallus worship as well as the structure of a Mass. During the services, the congregation is naked with the exception of the priest. Phallic statues and candles are incorporated in the worship as well as phallic-centered prayers. Along with group masturbation, group sex also may take place. The church also serves as a non-profit charity and food dispensary for people suffering from HIV and AIDS.
The Scripture of the Holy Seed, also informally called the Bible of Man Worship, is the official religious text of the church. It is written in a similar way to that of the Judeo-Christian scriptures, with passages about a savior and sacrifice, but with erotic and sexual meanings.
There are nine centres of the church in Canada and eight in the United States. The largest membership of the church resides in San Francisco, California, and it has its headquarters in Montreal. The church is listed in the Encyclopedia of Religious Denominations.
- J. Gordon Melton (1996, 5th ed.). Encyclopedia of American Religions (Detroit, Mich.: Gale) ISBN 0-8103-7714-4 p. 952.
- Wayne Dynes (ed., 1990). Encyclopedia of Homosexuality (New York: Garland) p. 779.
- Andy Nyberg, "St. Priapus Church: The Organized Religion", The Advocate, Sep. 1983, pp. 35–37