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Vatican: Sexually Active Gays Unwelcome

by Mark5019 / November 22, 2005 4:36 AM PST

The Vatican says homosexuals who are sexually active or support "gay culture" are unwelcome in the priesthood unless they have overcome their homosexual tendencies for at least three years, according to a church document posted on the Internet by an Italian Catholic news agency.

The long-awaited document is scheduled to be released by the Vatican on Nov. 29. A church official who has read the document confirmed the authenticity of the Internet posting by the Adista news agency. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the document has not yet been officially released by the Vatican.

now 3 yrs free its not a sickness its not gonna go away.

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Isn't sexual activity prohibited in general?
by Josh K / November 22, 2005 4:51 AM PST

Sexual activity by heterosexual priests isn't allowed either, so I don't see what the point of this is other than as a very thinly veiled statement against homosexuality outside of the priesthood. I'm not sure what they mean by supporting ''gay culture.'' Does that mean that priests can't listen to show tunes?


It would be nice if they'd take a firmer stand against pedophiles; that would be a bigger step forward.

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(NT) (NT) josh sit down we agree on something
by Mark5019 / November 22, 2005 6:20 AM PST
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That's no different from most other churches.
by Kiddpeat / November 22, 2005 5:20 AM PST

Some, on the right, condemn it whether practiced or not. Others, on the left, accept it fully. Neither position is supported by the Bible.

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Sexual control
by grandpaw7 / November 22, 2005 5:37 AM PST

The proposed rule is clearly designed to provide some evidence that the candidate has achieve sexual control.

Why not require a showing that both homosexual nd heterosexual candidates have achieved celibate perfection since both homosexual and heteroexual are supposed to be celibate? And you clearly can't be sure the condition has been met, or that a three year hiatus will get rid of the "problem" rather than make it more severe. Since homosexual priests are said to be so plentiful, you won't find any effort to get rid of them. Asolutism has its relative limits. It does sound a little hypocritical to me. Maybe this is more a PR move.

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The difference is that the Bible, which is the Christian
by Kiddpeat / November 22, 2005 8:18 AM PST
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authority, condemns homosexual behaviour no matter what the circumstance. It commends heterosexual behaviour as long as it is done within the bounds of matrimony.

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