Saturday, July 09, 2005

homosexuals in rc seminaries

Sources indicate that the long-awaited Vatican document on the admission of homosexuals to seminaries is now in the hands of Pope Benedict XVI. The document, which has been condensed from earlier versions, reasserts the response given by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in 2002, in response to a dubium submitted by a bishop on whether a homosexual could be ordained: "A homosexual person, or one with a homosexual tendency, is not fit to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders."

Read the whole thing here, which comes via Fr. Harmon.

I hope this doesn't go through. If my (admittedly limited) experience is any guide, there are plenty of holy, talented, homosexual priests, called by God, faithfully proclaiming his gospel. Homosexuality is a cross borne by many faithful Christians, and as such can itself be an instrument of sanctification and, indeed, redemption. To exclude people from the priesthood only because they are homosexual is an exhibition of institutional paranoia and a pious missapplication of Biblical truth.

1 comment:

Richard said...

Indeed, and it would be somewhat odd, if one is to argue that the person is not intrinsically sinful, which the C.C.C. certainly appears to do.