Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Vatican takes tough stand against homosexuals in priesthood

http://www.startribune.com/stories/614/5741989.html for full article
Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — 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.

The document said that "the church, while deeply respecting the people in question, cannot admit to the seminary and the sacred orders those who practice homosexuality, present deeply rooted homosexual tendencies or support so-called gay culture.''

Vatican teaching also holds that homosexuals are "intrinsically disordered.'' The church, however, says gays and lesbians should be treated with compassion and dignity.

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