I had a brief communication with Trent Horn of Catholic Answers – he sent me a link when I asked for resources on something after I attended a listening session at my parish.
In the think, there are two sections that I found very interesting regarding the subject of priests with same-sex attraction:
The 2005 Vatican instruction on the question of homosexuality and the priesthood states this clearly: “The Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called ‘gay culture.’”
…recognizing the overwhelming role that homosexuality has played in so many of our past and present scandals is not scapegoating. It’s the Church confronting the truth.
Given the fact that every person was created with unique dignity and deserves Christian love as much as anyone else, I’d like your thoughts;
- I agree – any support for/activity in homosexuality renders someone not qualified to enter into the religious life.
- Anyone who supports homosexuality ought not be considered qualified, but if he had deep-seated homosexuality, that is OK as long as he is fully chaste.
- As long as they do not have sex or promote homosexuality as ideal, they can become priests, even if they are openly gay.
- They can be openly gay and promote it, and it should still render them qualified to become priests.
- They can be in an openly gay relationship, as long as they wait until marriage before relations and can still become a priest.
- They can promote homosexuality as OK, but they themselves cannot be gay.