Seminary bishop says gays document 'helpful'

Bishop Julian Porteous, Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Sydney, has said the Vatican guidelines on the admission of homosexual candidates for the priesthood is helpful because is clarifies the duties of personnel in charge of seminaries.

CLICK HEREDetails in the document have been leaked in recent weeks. It sets out the requirement that, before admission to ordination, the person in charge of the candidate "must arrive at a morally certain judgment on his qualities".

This includes ensuring the man does "not present disturbances of a sexual nature, which are incompatible with the priesthood", such as being a practising homosexual or having deep-seated homosexual tendencies.

If the tendency exists, but was of a "transitory" nature, "for example, that of an adolescence not yet superseded", it was not a bar to ordination, provided the man could prove his ability to remain celibate.

Bishop Porteous told The Australian that a deep-seated homosexual tendency would be in evidence where "a person has not yet been able to effectively manage their homosexual tendencies, where there is still deep struggle and perhaps a level of confusion".

It is also unacceptable to support "gay culture', which Bishop Porteous said means regarding a homosexual lifestyle as a valid alternative to a heterosexual lifestyle.

Meanwhile Pope Benedict XVI warned that candidates should not lie about their sexuality in order to gain admission to a seminary. He said that "such a deceitful attitude" contradicts the required personality of a priest, which should be characterised by a "spirit of truth, loyalty and openness".

Don't hide sexuality: Pope (The Australian 30/11/05)

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Instruction from the Congregation for Catholic Education (via US Conference of Catholic Bishops - PDF) - if busy try here
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Seminary of the Good Shepherd

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Admission to the priesthood and homosexuality (Vatican Information Service 29/11/05)
Vatican affirms ban for 'deep seated' gay priests (Irish Times 29/11/05)
Dr. Gerard J. M. van den Aardweg: Homopriests, Humanae Vitae, and masculinity (Kath.net 29/11/05)
Admission to the priesthood and homosexuality (Kath.net 29/11/05)
Vatican fuels gay clergy debate (BBC 29/11/05)
Viewpoint: Gay priest on gay guidelines (BBC 29/11/05)
Chris McGillion: Questions of Priesthood (Online Catholics 30/11/05)
Timothy Radcliffe OP: Can gays be priests? (The Tablet 26/11/05)
Alan Gill: Gay Priests-another view (Online Catholics 30/11/05)
Gay groups slam Vatican document on homosexual priests (Monsters and Critics / Deutsche Press-Agentur 29/11/05)
USCCB President Calls Vatican Instruction 'Timely' (US Newswire 29/11/05)
Homosexuality destabilizes society: Vatican paper (Reuters 29/11/05)
Vatican releases gay ban document (Gay.com 29/11/05)
Vatican stands firm on gay priesthood ban (Reuters/ABC 29/11/05)
USCCB statement on Vatican document pertaining to the admission of seminarians (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops / The Criterion 29/11/05)
Gay priests not allowed (AsiaNews.it 29/11/05)
Anti-gay edict stirs priest to step aside (Arizona Republic 29/11/05)
Debate over gay clergy is testing many faiths (Boston Globe 29/11/05)
Vatican official: Norms not aimed at transitory homosexual episodes (Catholic News Service 29/11/05)
Vatican officially releases instruction on homosexuals in seminaries (Catholic News Agency 29/11/05)
Letter from Archbishop Seán O'Malley of Boston, USA, on Homosexuality, November 23, 2005 (CISA)
Vatican seminary document officially released (Catholic World News 29/11/05)
Vatican rules out ordination for homosexuals (Ecumenical News International 29/11/05)
Vatican rules against gay priests (The Guardian 29/11/05)
Vatican Publishes Views on Gay Priests (The Guardian/Associated Press 29/11/05)
Cardinal's statement on Vatican Instruction on homosexuality and seminary admissions (Independent Catholic News 29/11/05)
Womanizing priests just as bad as gays — bishop (Manila Standard 28/11/05)
Instruction to the Priesthood (Vatican Radio English Features 29/11/05, audio - requires Real Player)
William Saletan: Gland Inquisitor: Pope Benedict's antigay tendencies (Slate 29/11/05)
Vatican gay document officially released (Sydney Morning Herald/Australian Associated Press 29/11/05)
Michael B Kelly: Vatican flight from reality (The Age 30/11/05)
Vatican releases gay priest document (Reuters/The Age 29/11/05)
Vatican document on homosexuals raises series of delicate questions (The Universe 29/11/05)
A Statement by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (The Universe 29/11/05)
Text of document - US Catholic Conference website (PDF)
Careful Discernment (Vatican Radio English Features 29/11/05, audio - requires Real Player)
Document on Priesthood and Homosexuality Is Due (Zenit 28/11/05)
Confusion over gay priests document (TVNZ 24/11/05)
Vatican document on homosexuals raises series of delicate questions (Catholic News Service 23/11/05)
U.S. Catholics Are Divided Over New Directive on Gays (New York Times 28/11/05)
Boston Prelate Reaches Out to Homosexuals (Zenit 27/11/05)
Battle lines drawn over Vatican stance on gays (Reuters 23/11/05)
John L. Allen: Media obtain text of gay seminarian document (National Catholic Reporter 25/11/05)
Timothy Radcliffe: Can gays be priests? (The Tablet 26/11/05)
German, Swiss Bishops Back Ban on Ordaining Homosexuals (Zenit 25/11/05)

30 Nov 2005