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Pope says seminarians who finds chastity difficult should forget priesthood

A seminarian who has continuing difficulties with chastity should not be considered an appropriate candidate for priestly ordination, Pope John Paul II has said.

Spiritual directors and other seminary officials cannot assume that such problems will be resolved as formation continues, the pope said in a message on Friday to the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican office that deals with matters related to the sacrament of confession.

While "it is very true that the Lord can instantly transform a sinner into a saint as he did with Saul on the road to Damascus," the pope said, that is not "the normal way of providence."



18 Mar 2002