November 23, 2005

A Source of Scandal


By Fr. Gerard Thomas

The recently leaked Instruction concerning the entrance of gay men into seminaries and religious orders was far worse than what I had expected.

Contrary to some media reports that focused on the Vatican’s banning of "sexually active" gay men from the seminaries (anyone--straight or gay--who enters the seminary must be celibate) and stories that zeroed in on "transitory" gays (another way of speaking about basically straight men), the document has a far simpler and more wide-ranging goal: the banning of any man who understands himself as gay. The document explicitly bars those who have "deeply rooted homosexual tendencies.”

This is about as broad a ban as you could imagine.

Posted by kshaw at November 23, 2005 11:38 AM