November 30, 2005

Catholics polarized by ruling against gays becoming priests

The Dallas Morning News

12:00 AM CST on Wednesday, November 30, 2005
By SAM HODGES / The Dallas Morning News

In the Dallas area, as in the nation, Catholics were deeply divided about Tuesday's Vatican ruling that men with "deep-seated" homosexual tendencies should not be allowed to become priests.

For Bob Rowland, a conservative Catholic, the first major policy statement under Pope Benedict XVI was long overdue.

"The success of the new directive rests on the rapid application of decisive punishment for disobedience," said Mr. Rowland, a technical writer and retired Air Force officer in Irving.

But for Victor Kralisz, president of Dignity Dallas, a group of about 70 openly gay Catholics, the document is "a very sad business that undermines the good work and dedicated lives of a huge number of gay priests in this country and around the world."

Posted by kshaw at November 30, 2005 10:08 AM