Catholic World News is reporting that Pope Benedict has given the OK to an official policy barring men with same-sex attraction from the seminary. (subscription required)
The document will be an “Instruction” from the Congregation for Catholic Education signed by the prefect and secretary.
The text, which was approved by Pope Benedict at the end of August, says that homosexual men should not be admitted to seminaries even if they are celibate, because their condition suggests a serious personality disorder which detracts from their ability to serve as ministers.
Whatever the mainstream media tells you, this is not a new policy. This has always been the Church’s policy, and it was codified under John XXIII, but was consistently ignored in the 70 and 80s (and beyond).
CWN says that the document will be made public after the Synod on the Holy Eucharist, which ends October 23.