Wednesday, September 21, 2005

NYT: Homosems Verboten

The New York Times is running with it.

ROME, Sept. 21 - Homosexuals, even those who are celibate, will be barred from becoming Roman Catholic priests, a church official said Wednesday, under stricter rules soon to be released on one of the most sensitive issues facing the church.

The official, said the question was not "if it will be published, but when," referring to the new ruling about homosexuality in Catholic seminaries, a topic that has stirred much recent rumor and worry in the church. The official, who has authoritative knowledge of the new rules, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the church's policy of not commenting on unpublished reports.

He said that while Pope Benedict XVI had not yet signed the document, it would probably be released in the next six weeks.

As noted below, we've had that policy in place here since 1988. It wasn't a cure-all.

And, from the media desk, John Allen is conspicuous by his absence.... I'm waiting on him on this one.



Blogger michigancatholic said...

It's about time they dealt with this.

21/9/05 23:21  
Blogger R. Thornton said...

I do not as a rule trust the secular media, and much of the Catholic media, to get these things exactly right. Whether through innocent ineptitude or a pronounced lack of sympathy for religion, they are too often inaccurate. I need not offer examples: we've all seen this. In any case, the headline seems to overstate the facts as reported in even the article itself.

21/9/05 23:32  
Blogger michigancatholic said...

If so, that would be too bad. And it will prove expensive to boot. And perhaps catastrophic to the faith in the US.

21/9/05 23:50  
Blogger George Collie said...

Talk about the Church that can't shoot straight.

Who knew that celibacy demands a heterosexual orientation? Talk about the weirdest development in Catholic theology in a few centuries.

Of course, it isn't really a development in Catholic theology. It merely reflects ignorance, and is almost unforgiveable in the 21st century.

My prediction: this will hurt the so-called orthodox seminaries more than than the mainstream and liberal ones. The vast majority of Catholic liberals are practicing heterosexuals.

The Vatican does not care one iota about how many priests we have in North America and Europe. They want us to practice our Faith according the the abysmal standards of the developing counties like Brazil, with dioceses containing millions of unchurched Catholics and priests with theoretical parishes of tens of thousands.

This is as big as scandal as the sale of indulgences, and is the beginning of a new reformation. Just like Benedict and his allies in the Church want. My Protestant friend may be right. They say the Church as we know it has less than a generation to go. For now, I will pray they are not right.

22/9/05 11:49  
Blogger Jimmy Mac said...

When in wonder, when in doubt.

Run in circles, scream and shout.

Wanna bet that the highly ostentatious clerical "showtime" drag ... something no self-respecting gay man would wear in public, unless it was to a Halloween party .... will still be the garb of choice for the "real het men" who remain?

Effing hypocrites.

22/9/05 16:14  

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