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The Vatican acknowledges that psychological tests could help identify candidates for the Catholic priesthood who show homosexual tendencies, according to a document.
While condoning the use of such tests by Catholic seminaries, the document approved by Pope Benedict XVI says they must be strictly voluntary.
"Deep-seated homosexual tendencies" and "uncertain sexual identity" are listed in the document along with "excessive rigidity of character" and "strong affective dependencies" as traits that might make a candidate unsuitable for the priesthood.
Paedophile priest scandals that have hit the Catholic Church in recent years were not the "primary cause" behind the document, as the Church has reflected for decades on the relationship between religious faith and psychology, the Congregation's secretary, Monsignor Jean-Louis Brugues, told a news conference.
But they helped "accelerate" the process and were "certainly a determining factor," he said.
Originally posted by Thurisaz
If a Priest is homosexual, the Priest automatically has tendancies to become a paedophile?
Is the Vatican trying to erradicate homosexual Priests or Paedophilia?
Originally posted by Lucid Lunacy
Only because I think if the Church doesn't accept the man for being a homosexual ....