Pope Francis Upheld Church’s Ban On Gay Seminarians!
Reader, the Vatican on Wednesday declared that “persons with homosexual tendencies” cannot be admitted to Catholic seminaries. This reaffirms a 2005 policy now seemingly at odds with Pope Francis’ famous “Who am I to judge?” response when asked about gay priests in 2013.
The Vatican Congregation for Clergy release of the new document reiterating the Catholic Church's teaching that men with "deep-seated" homosexual inclinations may not become seminarians or be ordained priests has outraged organizations that dissent from the Church's teaching on human sexuality, particularly because Pope Francis approved the document.
The document, entitled “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,” was drafted by the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy, and it is meant to offer wide-ranging guidelines for priestly formation. In addition to several quotes from Pope Francis, the document draws heavily from the writings of St. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Three of the document’s 210 paragraphs are devoted to “persons with homosexual tendencies” who desire to become priests, drawing primarily from a 2005 document that bans candidates with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies.”