Friday, October 07, 2005

Allen: No Absolute Gay-Ban

NCR's man in Rome has got the goods:
A forthcoming Vatican document on homosexuals in seminaries will not demand an absolute ban, a senior Vatican official told NCR Oct. 7, but will insist that seminary officials exercise "prudential judgment" that gay candidates should not be admitted in three cases.

Those three cases are:

  • If candidates have not demonstrated a capacity to live celibate lives for at least three years;
  • If they are part of a "gay culture," for example, attending gay pride rallies (a point, the official said, which applies both to professors at seminaries as well as students);
  • If their homosexual orientation is sufficiently "strong, permanent and univocal" as to make an all-male environment a risk.

In any case, the Vatican official said, whether or not these criteria exclude a particular candidate is a judgment that must be made in the context of individual spiritual direction, rather than by applying a rigid litmus test.

This language is in contrast with earlier news reports that had suggested a much more sweeping ban on gays in the seminary....

The Vatican official said that given the ambiguity of the concept of "homosexuality," meaning the difficulty of providing a precise definition of the term, an "absolute policy" is impossible.

The official said the document is expected to appear in early November.

This morning, in a report which Allen says was incomplete, Corriere della Sera said that the document would run 16 pages.

Can everybody live with this? The criteria for refusal sound pretty narrow and specific to me.

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4 Comments:

Blogger RightJack said...

Gay candidates should not be admitted,
"If their homosexual orientation is sufficiently 'strong, permanent and univocal' as to make an all-male environment a risk.'"

Mutatis mutandi:

Straight candidates should not be admitted,
"If their heterosexual orientation is sufficiently 'strong, permanent and univocal' as to make a heterosexual parish environment a risk.'"

7/10/05 13:56  
Blogger patrick said...

Diogenes is already complaining. If Allen is right, we will soon hear conservatives hurling accusations of betrayal against Benedict like the similar cries against Bush for appointing Harriet Miers.

7/10/05 14:37  
Blogger patrick said...

"Diogenes is already complaining. If Allen is right, we will soon hear conservatives hurling accusations of betrayal against Benedict like the similar cries against Bush for appointing Harriet Miers."

Well, it didn't take long. Behold, a member of the CWN peanut gallery speaks....

"Pope Benedict XVI is not turning anything like the way I had hoped. Abuses continue unabated. He does nothing on Card. Mahony or on pro-aborts receiving.
I trust to God he is not a theological Souter!"

http://www.cwnews.com/offtherecord/offtherecord.cfm?task=singledisplay&recnum=3119

7/10/05 15:08  
Blogger Jimmy Mac said...

If Allen is right ....

The upcoming document on gay seminarians is to the rad trad neocon ultramontanist claque

as -

Dubya's nomination of Harriet Mier to the SC is to the ultra right ultra con wing of the Republican party.

"Say it isn't so, Junie Moon!"

There are crises of conscience going on all over the world even as we ponder and wonder.

7/10/05 17:20  

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