Does the Church allow homosexual priests?


#1

My question is why does the Catholic Church allow gay priests since even the catechism states “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered”. The Word of God is even more clear in both the Old Testament (Lev.) and New Testament (Romans). Priests (heterosexual) are given a special grace from God to remain chaste due to their possible desire being natural. Will God give a grace to abstain from an unnatural disordered act or as in Romans will they be given over to it?


#2

The Church does not encourage seminaries to open wide their doors to openly practicing homosexuals. For a man to be ordained, the Church states that “Only those are to be promoted to orders who, in the prudent judgment of the proper Bishop or the competent major Superior, all things considered, have sound faith, are motivated by the right intention, are endowed with the requisite knowledge, enjoy a good reputation, and have moral probity, proven virtue and the other physical and psychological qualities appropriate to the order to be received. Can. 1029

Openly practicing homosexuals do not fit this criteria. Unfortunately, many unfit candidates for the priesthood are accepted into seminaries and later ordained, but this is not the will of the Church; it is a problem within the Church.

Pope John Paul II understood this and stressed “renewed attention to the selection of vocations to the seminary, using all available means to obtain a proper knowledge of the candidates, particularly from the moral and emotional point of view….Let no bishop feel exempted from this duty of conscience. He will have to render an account directly to God.”

He went on to say that "it would be lamentable that, because of a misunderstood tolerance, immature youths or youths with obvious signs of emotional disorders, be admitted to ordination, which – as is sadly known – can cause grave scandal in the consciences of the faithful and obvious harm for the whole Church."
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While it’s true that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered (contrary to the natural law), and can never be approved, a distinction needs to be made between a practicing homosexual and a chaste homosexual (CCC 2357).

Catechism of the Catholic Church:

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

Further reading:
Homosexuals in the seminary


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