Vatican confirms ban on homosexual candidates for priesthood
[An application of Pope Francis’ “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge”?]
Catholic World News – December 07, 2016
The Vatican has confirmed that homosexual men should not be ordained to the priesthood.
In a new instruction for the training of seminarians, entitled The Gift of the Priestly Vocation, the Congregation for the Clergy says that the Church “cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called ‘gay culture.’“
The new Vatican document quotes the policy set forth in a 2005 statement from the Congregation for Catholic Education: “If a candidate practices homosexuality or presents deep-seated homosexual tendencies, his spiritual director as well as his confessor have the duty to dissuade him in conscience from proceeding towards ordination.” That 2005 directive has been widely ignored in many dioceses, with seminary directors claiming that the caution applies only to openly practicing homosexuals.