Bishop Pat Buckley says he is looking forward to his forthcoming civil partnership next week with his Filipino partner Eduardo Yango.
The self-styled cleric told the Belfast Telegraph that he is tying the knot with his lover during a “simple” ceremony at Larne Borough Council on Monday before heading to his home for a religious service in The Oratory, where he has blessed gay and lesbian unions in his private independent chapel for over 22 years.
The outspoken clergyman (57) and his 32-year-old partner of three years, a chef, who met the bishop while visiting Ireland, will then enjoy a meal with family.
Hardworking Bishop Pat says he is too busy to honeymoon at the moment, but hopes to take a trip to South Africa with his new husband later in the year.
He said he has been “besieged by the media” since the intention for the civil partnership was posted at Larne Borough Council offices last week.
“I am looking forward to Monday very much,” said Bishop Buckley, who was suspended as a Catholic priest in 1986 and was excommunicated in 1998 following his unlawful ordination as a bishop.
“There is too much happening at the moment for us to be able to go away for a while, but we are hoping to get away later in the year, to South Africa.
“The civil ceremony will be a simple service, with just a couple of witnesses, taking place at Larne Borough Council and then there will be a religious service back at The Oratory. Then we will be having a big family meal.”
Bishop Buckley said it had been difficult for Mr Yango to deal with the hype surrounding their nuptials.
“He understands, but he did not feel up to speaking to or appearing before the media once all this broke,” he said.
“While I like to go and fight in the ring, he is happy to stay in the dressing room! He is quite well prepared now for what life with me is like!”