November 28, 2005

Catholics conflicted over gays

Cincinnati Enquirer

By Jessica Brown
Enquirer staff writer

Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Catholics continue to debate the role of homosexuals in the church as the Vatican prepares to release rules Tuesday to limit the ability of gay men to become priests.

Some Catholics said they did not have a problem with gay priests, as long as they remained chaste.

Others said they believe gay men should be banned from the seminary because their sexual preferences conflict with the Bible.

Some went further, saying most priests accused of molesting teenage boys were homosexual. That, they said, should be the rationale for continuing to limit gays' access to the priesthood.

Regardless of their views, most Catholics were glad the Vatican is addressing the issue because it will bring some clarity to the hotly debated subject.

Posted by kshaw at November 28, 2005 11:47 AM