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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