The Document: Instruction on admission of homosexuals to seminaries

The Document: Instruction on admission of homosexuals to seminaries

Here is a translation of the document leaked by an Italian news agency today:
Update: The whole translation has been tweaked and improved. The official translation will probably vary a little bit, but I think this is fairly accurate and faithful to the original Italian.

Congregation for Catholic Education

Instruction concerning the criteria of vocational discernment regarding persons with homosexual tendencies, considering their admission to seminary and to Holy Orders


Following the teaching of Vatican II and, in particular, the decree Optatam Totius on priestly formation, the Congregation for Catholic Education has published different documents to promote an adequate formation integral of future priests, offering guidance and precise norms regarding their several aspects. In the meantime also the Synod of Bishops in 1999 reflected on the formation of priests in the present circumstances, with the intent to bring to fulfillment the conciliar doctrine on the subject and to render it more explicit and incisive in the contemporary world. Following this Synod, John Paul II published the post-Synodic apostolic exhortation Pastores Dabo Vobis.

In light of this rich teaching, the present Instruction does not intend to linger on all the questions by nature emotional or sexual that require careful discernment throughout the whole period of formation. It contains norms regarding a particular question, made more urgent by the present situation, which is that of the admission or non-admission to the seminary and Holy Orders of candidates who have profoundly deep-rooted homosexual tendencies.

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Domenico Bettinelli