I joined this site because I wanted to ask this question without too many people who I know seeing it, as it’s not something I’m terribly open about.
I am a 20 year old university student. I am on a full ride scholarship, and will have no debt when I graduate.
Ever since I was little, I have wanted to be a priest. I was brought up in a Catholic environment but never baptized because of my agnostic mother. I converted to Eastern Orthodoxy (it was something) when I was 15, and finally became a member of the Catholic Church this past Sunday through solemn profession of faith. I’ve wanted this since I was little, so I’m so happy!
I’ll be honest with you all and say that I have a homosexual orientation, and am not attracted to women. This is not something I’ve ever had a difficult time with. I’ve never dated or anything, as I want to please God more than myself. I do not struggle with lustful sins at all, though I do still experience temptation since I am human. I do not identify as “gay” or “homosexual” but only use these terms in this context. I think it’s silly to identify with one’s inclinations to sin.
With that said, I’ve always planned on being celibate. I’ve never been interested in dating or relationships, and I feel that my lack of desire for a wife certainly is a sign that I am called to celibacy. I’ve accepted this.
Being in the Eastern Orthodox Church, I had planned on remaining celibate and (if I did not find my way home to the Roman Catholic Church) I would join a monastery. I desired to be a priest, but an unmarried Orthodox parish priest is unheard of.
Now, my friends keep asking me if I want to go to seminary. I don’t tell them, but I do want this. I want to serve my mother, the Church, in the way I’ve wanted to since childhood, as a priest.
I am discerning this, as I have been for a very long time.
My question is, can a man who is sexually and romantically attracted to men and not women but pursues a celibate lifestyle and practices strict chastity go to seminary?
I plan to bring this up with my confessor and a vocations director, but I also wanted to get your take.