November 30, 2005

Gays decry Vatican ban; priest quits

Christopher Curtis, GAY.COM/ Network
Wednesday 30 November, 2005 10:19

After many weeks of leaks and speculation, the Vatican on Tuesday published its instruction on gays in the clergy.

The document has angered LGBT rights advocates and prompted one US priest to resign in protest.

Men with "deep-seated" homosexual tendencies should not be ordained, according to the nine-page document, but those with a "transitory problem" can be ordained if they have overcome their feelings for three years.

Pope Benedict XVI approved the instruction August 31st, making it one of the first major documents he has approved for publication since being elected pope April 19th.

Posted by kshaw at November 30, 2005 09:26 AM