November 05, 2005

Vatican Document Barring Homosexuals from Priesthood Due Late November


By John-Henry Westen

ROME, November 4, 2005 ( - The best-known English-language Vatican correspondent, John Allen, reports today that a new document from the Congregation for Catholic Education on the admission of homosexuals to seminaries is likely to be released late November, perhaps the last week of November. The document has been expected for over three years.

A senior Vatican official also confirmed to Allen that the document's central message is that "homosexuals are not welcome in the priesthood."

Commenting on the document's nature, the Vatican official said, "This is not a matter of sacramental theology. It's not saying that homosexuals are intrinsically unworthy of being priests. It's a matter of prudential judgment, that this is not a good idea."

Posted by kshaw at November 5, 2005 07:35 AM