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December 01, 2005


I cannot believe this is happening. , Meanwhile, in the outside world... , These people are in charge? , Warning: Liberal , What, me? Have an opinion?

If I hadn't already pretty much decided that I can no longer in good conscience consider myself a member of the Catholic Church, this would be the final straw. I'll give you a few highlights, in case you don't have time to read it.

First of all, the main point: "Even if they have never had a gay sexual experience and are fully committed to celibacy, homosexual men are not suitable candidates for the priesthood."

And in case anyone was unclear, here are some "warning signs" of potential homosexuality:

students who had trouble relating to their fathers; are uncomfortable with their own identity; tend to isolate themselves; have difficulty in discussing sexual questions; view pornography on the Internet; demonstrate a deep sense of guilt; or often see themselves as victims.

Here are some of the reasons given for why even celibate gay men make bad priests:

He said they tend to have few friends, to close themselves off from others in "a clan of persons of the same type," to resent the claims on their time made by parishioners, to encourage other gay men to enter the priesthood and to deal with authority predominantly as a matter of "seduction and rejection."

Umm, pardon? Who has he been talking to?

The article goes on to explain that candidates for priesthood must be mature in their masculine sexual identity and theoretically capable of being good spouses and fathers. It seems to be accepted without question that any man with "homosexual tendencies" could not possibly fill any of those criteria.

Really, who are the ones making statements with no social or moral value now?

EDITED to add: I just found the actual text of the Vatican document here, in case you were wondering about the thing itself.

Posted by Kat at December 1, 2005 10:50 AM

Oh, my. They keep alienating people this way and they're going to have to find a new source of funds to keep a roof on the Vatican.
Hey, I'm working the heel flap on Josh's sock & it's putting me in mind of Matt's scarf edges. I'm finishing each row with alternating slipped stitches & knit stitches for RS & purls for WS. (that's not very coherent,is it?) Anyway, the effect is pretty similar to what we were admiring.

Posted by: Erica at December 1, 2005 11:26 AM

Um, yeah. Yet another reason I've never wanted to be catholic. Don't even get me started.

Posted by: Sneaksleep at December 1, 2005 12:21 PM

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