New Vatican Rule Said to Bar Gays as New Priests - New York Times

Heterosexual Pedophiles = Yes, Homosexual celibate priests = No. The lack of sex must have made Ratzinger and his ilk a bit deranged. Or just like Bush he thinks invading Iraq will avenge the crime committed by 15 Saudis... Bolivia is lucky that Pearl Harbor happened before those idiots got into power! -- law

ROME, Sept. 21 - Homosexuals, even those who are celibate, will be barred from becoming Roman Catholic priests, a church official said Wednesday, under stricter rules soon to be released on one of the most sensitive issues facing the church.

The official, said the question was not "if it will be published, but when," referring to the new ruling about homosexuality in Catholic seminaries, a topic that has stirred much recent rumor and worry in the church. The official, who has authoritative knowledge of the new rules, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the church's policy of not commenting on unpublished reports.

He said that while Pope Benedict XVI had not yet signed the document, it would probably be released in the next six weeks.

In addition to the new document, which will apply to the church worldwide, Vatican investigators have been instructed to visit each of the 229 seminaries in the United States.

Although work on the document began years ago under Pope John Paul II, who died in April, its release will be a defining act in the young papacy of Benedict, a conservative who said last spring that there was a need to "purify" the church after the deeply damaging sex scandals of the last several years.

New Vatican Rule Said to Bar Gays as New Priests - New York Times


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