Sunday, May 18, 2008

NO Homosexuals in Seminaries!

That's clear, to most people--but not necessarily to Rectors.

Well, it's been said again.

In reference to the Document of the Congregation for Catholic Education, ‘Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders‘, published by the aforementioned Dicastery on 4 November 2005, and in consequence of numerous requests for clarification which have reached the Apostolic See, it state[s] precisely that the dispositions contained in said Instruction are in force for all the houses of formation for the priesthood, including those which [juridically] depend on the Dicasteries for Oriental Churches, for the Evangelization of Peoples, and for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

The Supreme Pontiff, on the 8th day of April of the year of the Lord of 2008 approved this clarification.

That should clearly draw the line over which 'angels fear to tread,' (also known as the line over which 'fools rush.')

Here's the pertinent excerpt from the 2005 document (Congregation for Education):

In the light of such teaching, this Dicastery, in accord with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question[9], cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called "gay culture"

All we ask for is obedience...


1 comment:

Jeff Miller said...

It doesn't matter how clear a document is in the first place. Dissenters make it up as they go anyway and no instructions will affect what they do.

Remember Humanae Vitae, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, etc. Documents effect only the obedient.