It's official. The Catholic Knight is retired.  I'm hanging up the helmet and passing the torch. There will be no more articles, no more commentaries, no more calls to action. THIS BLOG IS CLOSED. I've spent a very long time thinking about this, I believe the time has come, and is a bit overdue.  I want to thank my readers for everything, but most especially for your encouragement and your willingness to go out there and fight the good fight. So, that being the case, I've spend the last several weeks looking for bloggers who are fairly active, and best represent something akin to the way I think and what I believe.  I recommend the following blogs for my readers to bookmark and check on regularly. Pick one as your favourite, or pick them all. They are all great..... In His Majesty's Service, THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Gays Banned From Priesthood - Again

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Today the Vatican released a document that reiterated it's ban on homosexual men to the priesthood. Gay men may not serve as Roman Catholic priests at all - period. From now on, gay men who seek clerical orders will either have to give up their desire for the priesthood, become straight and prove it for at least 3 years, or else join the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Church USA is currently accepting all gay Catholics (male and female) into the seminary. Furthermore, the Episcopal Church USA has made it clear that it is an "equal opportunity" employer, that is willing to elevate gay clergy to the episcopate as well. If you're a gay man (or woman) seeking the priesthood, you can't go wrong with the Episcopal Church - read more about it here.
(FoxNews) - The new guidelines reflect the earlier teaching, stressing that if a future priest shows "deep-seated homosexual tendencies," his seminary training "would have to be interrupted."

The guideline say priests must have a "positive and stable sense of one's masculine identity" and the capacity to "integrate his sexuality in accordance" with the obligation of celibacy.

The church is struggling to provide enough priests for parishes in many parts of the West because of waning vocations. But Pope Benedict XVI has said it is more important to have good priests than a greater number of priests.

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