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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Pope Francis disappoints again

As I've often posted here before, Pope Francis is not a liberal but a conservative. Recently, he told the press that women would *never* be allowed to be priests in the church. Now he has reaffirmed the Vatican's ban on male priests being gay.

The Pope Just Approved A Very Troubling Document On Gays And Priesthood

The Vatican has reaffirmed its position that gay men are barred from entering Catholic seminaries.

In a document entitled “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,” published online Wednesday, the church outlined a wide range of guidelines for priestly formation. One section addressed “persons with homosexual tendencies,” who it said cannot be admitted to seminaries or to the priesthood.

“The Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called ‘gay culture,’” the document stated.

The Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy drafted the 90-page document, which reinforces a position first iterated by the Congregation for Catholic Education in 2005. Pope Francis approved the document, dated Dec. 8, 2016, and ordered its publication, according to a conclusion signed by Cardinal Beniamino Stella .......

And ... The Vatican reaffirms its position suggesting gay men should not be priests

[...] This document was the latest event in what many see as a pattern in Francis’s papacy. The pope’s words, often in extemporaneous remarks, lead liberals to hope that church policies will change. Then the Vatican reaffirms its traditional positions. In recent months, after Francis excited feminist hopes by creating a committee to study women serving as deacons, he said women probably will never be priests. He wrote a major document on family issues that suggested people who have divorced and remarried outside the church might be able to receive communion, but has refused to clarify when clergy have asked whether they should indeed interpret that document as a change in the church’s stance on who can take communion ....

The pope has always been a social conservative who has opposed marriage for LGBT people and equality for women. Moderates in the church are thrilled with him, but the few liberals left in the church, like me, have been mostly disappointed. This recent document is an example of why.


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