Hopefully one of you lovely people can help me with a question I have been pondering.
I am an orthodox Catholic - a man of 19. There is nothing that I would rather do than become a priest - there is a catch, however. I am not entirely convinced that I am straight. SSA is not something that plagues me, and in all honesty, it is not ‘deep seated’, and I think it is likely that I would be allowed in. I have never engaged in a homosexual act or become caught up in pornography. Nevertheless, I believe very strongly that Pope Benedict was right to rule out the entry of men with homosexual inclinations to the priesthood, and, consequently, I do not believe that I am called to be a priest - and what I want is very different from what I ought to do.
Instead, I am beginning university in October, where I will be studying in the UK for three years. I was hoping that somebody could answer one of the following questions to help me work out what vocation God has in store for me. At the moment I am considering Opus Dei, but I was wondering if there were any other options out there:
- Does the restriction laid down by the previous Pope apply to becoming a brother, and not a priest, as well?
- What other forms of celibate life are there out there according to a rule?
- Is it possible to join some kind of a community while still at university?