Well if he is "divorced" and a "prayer leader" in a "Catholic" church... well I can see at least a few conflicts he struggles with! That may also be one of the reasons he does not let you get too close! Perhaps he is somehow chastised by the church because in the eyes of his religion, he is still married.
Wrote my previous post before I saw the most recent replies. I should have refreshed my browser...
Yeah, as a Catholic who takes the faith seriously, him having a prayer room isn't unusual at all. Very common among Catholics who have the space to make a prayer area.
Whether or not the Church still considers him married depends on whether or not he has obtained an Annulment of his first marriage. If he has, he's considered never married by the Church and is free to date and marry. If he has not, he is supposed to be conducting his life as a married man would (chastely) unless/until his exW dies or he obtains an Annulment.
Either way, as a practicing Catholic, dating is taken seriously and slowly. Heavy petting is highly discouraged and sex before marriage is verboten. If he's really a practicing man of the faith, he's going to take things super slow and spend a LOT of time getting to know prospective mates before getting serious with anyone.
Red flag alert! He showed you his closets the 2nd time he was with you? WTH? Who does that? lol Definitely bats in the belfry.
I kind of like it. "Here I am! This is what you get if you take me on!"
The first time I went to DH's house was completely unplanned. We were going out together and, rather than be late, he picked me up directly after work and needed to go home to change. I went in with him and saw not only his closets, but his laundry area, too! He kept his keepsakes and papers in his dresser and his clothes in a large laundry hamper. When nothing in the hamper could pass the smell test, he'd throw it all in the wash on warm. I was horrified! At least no one can say I didn't know what I was getting into!