Vatican decision on gays in seminary

Vatican decision on gays in seminary

The Vatican is close to putting out new guidelines for seminary candidates. It is expected that it will include a ban on admitting gays, but that’s no surprise considering that the Pope has said as much recently.

I love this line in the article: [I]Most of the victims of molestation by priests have been adolescent boys. Experts on sex offenders say there is no credible evidence that homosexuals are more likely than heterosexuals to abuse children, but several church leaders have argued that gay clergy are to blame for the scandal. The vast majority of victims are male and their abusers are all male. Period. And it’s not like they’re taking any available victim—boy or girl. Most of the abusers are going exclusively with boys.

Besides, it’s not just about the abuse of children. Look at the problems with Fr. Cote in New Hampshire. He had a sexual relationship with a boy of legal age; don’t tell me that’s pedophilia. It’s homosexuality.

’‘Ensuring that the church ordains only psychologically healthy priests is one answer to the sexual abuse crisis,’’ the editorial [in the Jesuit magazine America] said. ‘‘Scapegoating healthy and celibate gay priests is not.’‘ That begs the question of whether one can be gay and psychologically healthy. Many credible psychologists (and most moral theologians) say you can’t.

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Domenico Bettinelli