As a Lutheran, and a pretty liberal one at that, I think the ban is harsh and judgemental. The new document states “the Church cannot admit to the seminary, or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality; present deep seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called ‘gay culture’.” I want to know just how DEEP those deep seated tendencies go. What person, if they feel that they have been called to the Church, and truly wants to be a priest or nun, yet is gay would actually “confess” this if they know what they truly want to be will be taken away from them?! Could heterosexual tendencies be put in place of homosexual? The document also states, IF a young man, a priestly candidate, hetero- or homosexual, abstains from relations for 3 years, a celibate lifestyle, they can enter the call to the diaconate.
I also hope that the Church isn’t taking a stand against the gay community and slamming the door in their faces! There are a lot of homosexual people that were raised Catholic. many love their Church like many of you, but just how loving is the Church to them?
There is so much proof now that homosexuality is an abnormality…a GENETIC abnormality. It isn’t a choice. It’s no more of a choice than it was for most of us to be heterosexual. Like I’ve asked before, if prayer can “cure” this abnomality and make them all “normal,” than start praying for cures for other abnormalities. The Old Testament speaks out against a lot of things, including homosexuality. BUT they also felt women who were barren must have sinned greatly, and cast them out or stoned them to death. Infants, if imperfect, were tossed out. Medical technology was non-existent! Anything that wasn’t “normal” was evil! Like I’ve also said before, on another thread, my youngest brother has Down’s. They would have killed him, and very possibly my mom for having him, in Biblical times. Heck, when he was born people wanted to put him “away.” Thank God education systems, and medical advancements help people understand more now! Maybe, just maybe, in a few hundred years people will accept and quit judging. The Church had to do some backpeddaling on their teachings on suicide and abusive marriages/divorce, maybe they will on this as well.
Questions to ask yourselves: Does the gay person down the street from you, or sitting at the next table, really affect your life?
If you found out that your priest or pastor was gay, and he/she had been your pastor/priest for years, would you leave the church? would you force them to leave? Would all the good and holy things they have done, not be good and holy anymore? Would you take communion from them?
Hope I didn’t offend anyone…just food for thought.