October 23, 2005

Vatican on a gay hunt

Toronto Sun

By Marianne Meed Ward

I don't get it. What is the point of weeding out gay Catholic priests? A Vatican document soon to be released is set to bar gays from the priesthood if:

- They publicly show their homosexuality.

- They are attracted to the gay lifestyle.

- They have not been chaste for three years prior to entering seminary.

The last condition I get. Sort of.

The priesthood is for celibates, so naturally it would be problematic for any priest to engage in any kind of sexual behaviour. I don't agree with enforced celibacy, but for now it's here.

And one can only hope, for the sake of consistency, that the "no sex before seminary" condition applies equally to heterosexual candidates.

Posted by kshaw at October 23, 2005 08:16 AM