This thread is about vocations to the religious life for persons with same-sex attraction. It is not about vocations to the priesthood for persons with SSA.
Two documents are relevant: one from 1961, and another issued more recently.
I am wondering what the reasons are for not permitting persons with SSA to enter religious life. I accept that persons with unresolved SSA should not become priests, but I am wondering what the reasoning is behind not permitting such persons to enter religious life.
The 1961 document talks about religious life being an occasion of sin, and of loneliness because of separation from family, but this flies in the face of some truths, namely, that modern psychology acknowledges that the healing for SSA is not to shun male company, but in fact really benefits from chaste male friendships, thus the brotherhood of religious life could actually help persons with SSA reach healing. Secondly, there is loneliness outside the religious life, even for those who live with their families! Many persons with SSA suffer from great loneliness, the kind of loneliness which might not be so intense inside a religious community.
The more recent document issued by the Vatican appears to represent an appreciation of modern psychological insights, such that resolved SSA is not a barrier to priestly ordination. I include that only to show that the mind of the Church is open to being enlightened by developments in modern psychology.
I am struggling to understand why persons with SSA must be excluded from pursuing a vocation as either a religious brother or a sister. Persons with SSA are called to perfection, as the Catechism reminds us, but why is this perfection, as pursued in the evangelical counsels of the religious life, to be excluded from persons affected by SSA?
Why is it that a person with SSA, although meeting the basic requirements otherwise, must be excluded from following this path?