November 23, 2005

Local theologian says gays ruling will have 'little impact'

Catholic News

Professor Neil Ormerod of the Australian Catholic University has said that the instruction banning practising homosexuals from admission to Catholic seminaries is not as radical as earlier drafts and would likely have little impact on recruitment practices.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Pope Benedict has approved the instruction, which was leaked early yesterday on the internet before next week's official release and will be sent to seminaries around the world.

"Most of all it still seems to me a negative response to the sexual abuse crisis in our church," Professor Ormerod told the paper.

"What it is doing is presenting a position consistent with the church's teaching on homosexuality," he said. "They are asking for a commitment on the part of seminary candidates to respect the church's teaching."

Posted by kshaw at November 23, 2005 10:28 PM