November 30, 2005

Gay-ordination ban affirms local practice

Denver Post

By Eric Gorski
Denver Post Staff Writer

For the 94 men studying for the priesthood at Denver's two Roman Catholic seminaries, a long-awaited Vatican document released Tuesday barring the ordination of active homosexuals is a confirmation of sorts.

The two seminaries - which over the past few years have attracted national attention and scores of candidates for their philosophy of staying faithful to church teachings - employ an intense screening process.

It is a process "very much in accord" with the new document, said the Rev. Michael Glenn, rector of St. John Vianney Seminary, which opened in 1999.

"I don't think this document changes in any way the way our seminary is going to function," Glenn said Tuesday. "We have a great respect for the human person. But we are also very careful and discerning of all the aspects that make them who they are."

Posted by kshaw at November 30, 2005 07:56 AM