Gay seminarians document leaked
The much anticipated statement that bans seminarians with active homosexual tendencies, was posted on an Italian news website in the early hours of this morning Australian time.
Associated Press reports that the document says sexually active homosexuals and those who support gay culture are unwelcome in the priesthood, unless the candidate has overcome homosexual tendencies for at least three years.
The document was posted on the Internet by the Adista Italian Catholic news agency.
It is scheduled for official release by the Vatican next Tuesday.
Associated Press says a church official who has read the document has confirmed the authenticity of the Internet posting by the Adista news agency.
Vatican: Gays Unwelcome in Priesthood (The Guardian/Associated Press 22/11/05)
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Circa i criteri de discernimento vocazionale riguardo alle persone con tendenze omosessu... (Congregation for Catholic Education)
Congregation for Catholic Education (for Seminaries and Educational Institutions)
Italian paper reveals details of gays in priesthood document (CathNews 14/11/05)
Document to prescribe caution, not ban, on gay seminarians (CathNews 10/10/05)
Gay seminarian ban imminent (CathNews 30/9/05)
US seminary visitation "mired in controversy" (CathNews 26/9/05)
Pulizia etica. adista anticipa il documento Vaticano sull'esclusione degli omosessuali dal sacerdozio (Adista 22/11/05)
Vatican gay-seminary document leaked in full (Catholic World News 22/11/05)
Vatican says active homosexuals unwelcome in priesthood (WBAY ABC2 22/11/05)
Vatican disallows active gays for priesthood (Associated Press/Baltimore Sun 22/11/05)
23 Nov 2005