In contrast to Bishop Robert Baker of Charleston, whose statement I excerpted down below, Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane, president of the USCCBureaucracy, claims that the new Instruction actually allows for the ordination of gays.
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said yesterday that under a new Vatican directive on homosexuality, men with a lasting attraction to members of the same sex can still be ordained as priests, as long as they are not “consumed by” their sexual orientation.
Not buying it. The beauty of the Instruction is that it is concise, to the point, and devoid of the blather you typically find in documents written by committees. And thus, when someone intentionally misreads it as Skylstad is doing, his agenda is transparently obvious to all.
Get this ridiculous statement:
“Absolutely, it cuts both ways. … I think if the orientation dominates one’s personality, whether that be homosexual or heterosexual,” then the candidate is not suitable for ordination, Skylstad said.
So … priests are supposed to be androgynous? Again, this directly contradicts the document which says that men should be able to exhibit spiritual fatherhood and be able to properly relate to men and women alike. Notice also how the bishop equates homosexuality and heterosexuality. He glosses over the fact that homosexuality is disordered, that it is not natural, that it leads away from God, and that heterosexuality is ordered toward the divine plan for our human nature.