October 07, 2005

Archbishop stands by views on gay priests

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The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, is standing by remarks he made recently that being gay should not mean a man could not become a priest.

In an interview published in the current issue of the English Catholic weekly, The Tablet, Dr Martin is quoted as saying "you don't write off a candidate for the priesthood simply because he is a gay man".

The Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education is currently finalising a document which is expected to ban even celibate gay men from training for the priesthood. It is to be published at the end of this month.

Dr Martin is in Rome attending a Synod of Bishops which began last Sunday and will continue for another two weeks.

Posted by kshaw at October 7, 2005 10:57 AM