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The Instruction does not represent a change in Church teaching or policy. Catholic leaders have consistently taught that homosexual men should not be ordained to the priesthood. Pope John XXIII approved a formal policy to that effect, which still remains in effect. However, during the 1970s and 1980s, that policy was widely ignored, particularly in North America.
The Catholic Church demands celibacy of its priest and gay activists said the latest review amounted to a witchhunt.
The Rev. Thomas Krenik, who taught for 10 years in St. Paul Seminary in Minnesota and wrote the guidebook "Formation for Priestly Celibacy," worries that a blanket ban on gay priest-candidates will re-create the very conditions the Vatican wants to eradicate.
Other seminary leaders have said a ban was pointless, since many clergy candidates do not realize they are gay until after they are enrolled or even ordained. And Krenik questioned whether the problem of subcultures of sexually active gays was as acute as the Vatican believes. He said that sexual activity was more prevalent a decade or so ago, before seminary administrators started clamping down on sexual misconduct — a trend that's intensified since the abuse crisis.
Several priests challenged that argument and noted that heterosexual priests face their own temptations: The overwhelming majority of lay ministers who work side by side with clergy are women, yet no one has suggested banning heterosexuals from the priesthood.
Feb. 2, 1961 "Instruction on the Careful Selection and Training of Candidates for the States of Perfection and Sacred Orders," dicument that made it clear that homosexuality is an "evil tendency" and those who subcumb to these tendencies should not be allowed to be ordained.
posted on 22-9-2005 at 08:37 AM
Gay doesn't mean child molester... NOT THE SAME
I have seen some amazingly stupid comments made by very intelligent people...