October 07, 2005

Archbishop runs against expected Vatican line on homosexual priests

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CANDIDATES for the priesthood should not be automatically disbarred simply because they are homosexual, the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, has said.

The comment is in direct contrast to a draft Vatican document that is likely to say gays should be barred from the priesthood.

Speaking to the influential British Catholic weekly, 'The Tablet', Archbishop Martin said: "You don't write off a candidate for the priesthood simply because he is a gay man."

It has been reported that the Vatican document is to be published within the next few weeks.

Posted by kshaw at October 7, 2005 10:56 AM