November 24, 2005

Vatican document on homosexuals raises series of delicate questions

Catholic News Service

By John Thavis
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A long-awaited Vatican document drew a sharp line against priestly ordination of homosexuals, but in the process raised a series of delicate questions for church leaders and seminary officials.

The six-page instruction, prepared by the Congregation for Catholic Education, said the church cannot ordain men who are active homosexuals, who have "deeply rooted" homosexual tendencies or who support the "gay culture." Those who have overcome "transitory" homosexual tendencies, however, could be ordained, it said.

The document, expected to be released at the Vatican in late November, was published online Nov. 22 by an Italian news agency.

Posted by kshaw at November 24, 2005 08:34 AM