Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Should Homosexuals be ordained to the Priesthood?

Bishop meeting to avoid gay issue

U.S. Catholic bishops will sidestep the issue of whether homosexual men should become priests at their semiannual meeting, which begins tomorrow, despite the Vatican's concern about the role of homosexuals in the church's massive sex-abuse scandal.


However, the Vatican, which is said to be preparing to crack down on homosexuality in seminaries, has never issued official guidelines, canon laws or papal pronouncements on whether Catholic seminaries should remain open to homosexual men. Only a Feb. 2, 1961, Vatican directive to canon law speaks directly to the matter.
"Advancement to religious vows and ordination should be barred to those who are afflicted with evil tendencies to homosexuality or pederasty," reads the directive, which is advisory rather than a binding law.

A USCCB investigation revealed in 2004 that 81 percent of 10,667 priestly sexual-abuse cases involved boys, with the largest share of those victims being 11 or older.

There is a name for males having sex with other males it's called homosexuality. What we have here is older predatory homosexuals having sex with teenage boys. The failure to identify this problem by it's real name and the failure to exclude homosexuals from the priesthood tells me the American Bishops aren't serious about solving this problem.


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