November 30, 2005

D’Arcy believes gays shouldn’t be ordained

The Journal Gazette

By Kelly Soderlund
The Journal Gazette

The bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Roman Catholic Diocese says he has long been following a new policy adopted by the Vatican that says men with “deep-seated” homosexual tendencies should not be ordained as priests.

Although Bishop John D’Arcy wouldn’t comment on how many gay candidates he has turned away, he said Tuesday during a news conference that it’s been his practice since becoming a bishop 20 years ago not to ordain those he believes cannot overcome their homosexuality, or who support gay culture.

“I do know that it has been a problem for some time,” D’Arcy said. “I think that in this diocese it’s been my policy since I came because of my experience in the seminary and my convictions and reading the documents. I think it’s been more of a problem in the seminaries than people realize.”

Posted by kshaw at November 30, 2005 07:47 AM