10/07/2005

ABC News: Vatican Document May Not Ban Gay Priests

those gays who have lived chastely for at least three years can become priests... Fair enough as heterosexual priests are also required to be chaste. But the implication that gays are pedophiles still lingers in the air and it is still wrong -- law

VATICAN CITY Oct 7, 2005 — An upcoming church document does not decree a sweeping ban on gays in seminaries, allowing those who have lived chastely for at least three years to become priests, a senior Vatican official said Friday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Vatican document has not yet been released, confirmed a report in the leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that men who publicly show their homosexuality and those who reveal an attraction to the gay lifestyle should be refused admission to the clergy.

The report, by the newspaper's chief Vatican correspondent, Luigi Accattoli, cited sources who spoke to him about the document from the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education. The Italian weekly Panorama said Friday that Pope Benedict XVI approved the document during the summer.

ABC News: Vatican Document May Not Ban Gay Priests

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