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
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, 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”.
APOSTOLIC LETTER ORDINATIO SACERDOTALIS OF JOHN PAUL II
Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church’s divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.
While I am all for compassion and human respect, it amazes me that people would ever think the Church would change her position regarding immoral behavior and the utter repudiation of living tradition. It is true that the American Episcopal Church has acquiesced on these points, but more for changing sociological reasons than from any solid Scriptural or theological basis. Given its likeness in externals, such changes in teaching and practice have an impact upon the Catholic community. A radical tolerance alongside the view that truths are relative and subjective make debate virtually impossible just as they infect the consciences of believers.
1. Can one condemn homosexual activity as sin but still love the sinner. The Church says YES, but what do you think?
2. Should men with a homosexual orientation who have been perpetually celibate be barred from priesthood?
3. Why is there no three year rule about ordination in regard to heterosexuals who have been previously sexually active?
4. Why do women want to be priests?
5. Why are the proponents of married priests so often in favor of women priests?
6. How can one be sure that women’s ordination is God’s will when there is no evidence in the sources of revelation?