November 30, 2005

Bishop welcomes ban on gay priests

The Arizona Republic

Michael Clancy
The Arizona Republic
Nov. 30, 2005 12:00 AM

The Phoenix Diocese will make no changes to the way it chooses priest candidates because its practices already are in line with a Vatican document banning gay men from seminaries, the diocese's vocations director said Tuesday.

"The bishop is not going to ask me to change anything," said the Rev. Don Kline, vocations director for six years for the diocese.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, in a brief written statement, said he "welcomed" the document, which the Vatican released Tuesday. It rejects candidates who are "actively homosexual, have deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called gay culture." advertisement

The document offers no specifics on how dioceses, religious orders or seminaries should implement its conclusions.

Posted by kshaw at November 30, 2005 08:00 AM