Editorial says gays document also targets macho priests
A comment published yesterday on the Australian Jesuits' website says the Vatican's document on the admission of homosexuals to seminaries presents the ideal of a mature priest as a criterion for admission to priesthood, and therefore its conclusions are "pertinent also to heterosexual men".
The editorial, published jointly by Eureka Street magazine, recognises that the Vatican has a strong interest in the quality of the candidates it selects for ordination because the lives and attitudes of priests who preach the Gospel are important in sustaining or weakening assent to teaching.
The editorial argues that the document presents the ideal of a mature priest - rather than a heterosexual orientation - as a criterion for admission to priesthood.
"The mature priest can live happily and faithfully a celibate life, presumably without sexual repression, suppression, depression or expression... Its appeal to maturity means that its conclusions would be pertinent also to heterosexual men."
The editorial attributes special significance to the Instruction's reference to those with 'a more deep-seated tendency'.
"This phrase is also found in previous documents, but it is nowhere closely defined. Its meaning is significant, for if it implied no more than that people recognise their homosexuality as abiding, it would reflect negatively on the ministry of many priests and bishops in the Catholic Church. But in previous documents, tendency appears to denote not only sexual identity, but an inclination to act out sexual desires. A deep-rooted tendency would indicate a strong need to do so."
Referring to the exclusion of those who 'support the so-called gay culture', the editorial suggests that "an identity sexualised in this way might also be inconsistent with the emotional maturity required to live celibacy happily. But so surely would support for a macho culture."
Homosexuality and Catholic Priesthood (Jesuits Australia/Eureka Street 30/11/05)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Elton and Furnish slam Pope's 'homophobia' (Irish Times 30/11/05)
Vatican says no social value in gay sex (Seven News/Australian Associated Press 30/11/05)
Vatican's stance on gay priests causes confusion (ABC Radio AM 30/11/05)
Australian Catholics welcome Vatican guidelines on gay priests (ABC Radio The World Today 30/11/05)
Vatican official: Norms not aimed at transitory homosexual episodes (Catholic News Service 29/11/05)
Bishops say Vatican document on homosexuals needs careful analysis (Catholic News Service 29/11/05)
Vatican newspaper says homosexual men not suitable for priesthood (Catholic News Service 29/11/05)
Bishops, seminary officials react to document on gays and priesthood (Catholic News Service 29/11/05)
1985 memo to bishops gave similar advice on homosexuals in priesthood (Catholic News Service 30/11/05)
Vatican letter says norms on priesthood must be 'faithfully observed' (Catholic News Service 30/11/05)
U.S Bishops express approval of new document on seminarians and homosexuality (Catholic News Agency 30/11/05)
Bishops welcome Vatican guide on homosexuality (Catholic Weekly 4/12/05)
Emily Wilson: How gay is too gay? (The Guardian/Associated Press 30/11/05)
Vatican paper attacks gays (Reuters/Herald-Sun 1/12/05)
Vatican Officially Releases Document on Banning New Gay Priests (New York Times 30/11/05)
Max Charlesworth: Conscience and sexual morality (Online Catholics 30/11/05)
Vatican call to weed out practising gays (London Telegraph 30/11/05)
Document Focuses on Homosexuality Vis-à-vis Priesthood (Zenit 29/11/05)
A New Instruction, but Perennial Teaching (Zenit 29/11/05)
U.S. Bishop Hails Vatican Instruction as "Timely" (Zenit 29/11/05)
On Priesthood and Those With Homosexual Tendencies (Zenit 29/11/05)
31 Dec 2005